Format natural date

Is there a way to format a natural date like May 7, 2008 to 07/05/2008.
Ive tried
Date.strptime(“May 7, 2008”, ‘%d/%m/%Y’) without success?

Is it possible to this in a one line with ruby?

JB

On 10.05.2008 13:03, John B. wrote:

Is there a way to format a natural date like May 7, 2008 to 07/05/2008.
Ive tried
Date.strptime(“May 7, 2008”, ‘%d/%m/%Y’) without success?

You seem to want to reformat a date string. But the code you show
just parses a string into a Date. If you want to reformat your string
you first need to parse it and then format it.

Is it possible to this in a one line with ruby?

Yes. You’re almost there but you need to format your format string so
it matches the date strings that you are trying to parse. Since there
is nowhere a slash in your date string it comes as no surprise that the
format does not match. :slight_smile:

Kind regards

robert

On Sat, May 10, 2008 at 6:03 AM, John B. [email protected]
wrote:

Is there a way to format a natural date like May 7, 2008 to 07/05/2008.
Ive tried
Date.strptime(“May 7, 2008”, ‘%d/%m/%Y’) without success?

Is it possible to this in a one line with ruby?

JB

Yes, but I don’t know why you would want to.

#strptime builds a Date object from your string with your format.
Then, you must format it.

If you don’t need the Date object, I would just perform the magic on
the string itself. Matching month abbreviations to month numbers can
be done with Date::ABBR_MONTHNAMES.

hth,

Todd

Todd B. wrote:

On Sat, May 10, 2008 at 6:03 AM, John B. [email protected]
wrote:

Is there a way to format a natural date like May 7, 2008 to 07/05/2008.
Ive tried
Date.strptime(“May 7, 2008”, ‘%d/%m/%Y’) without success?

Is it possible to this in a one line with ruby?

JB

Yes, but I don’t know why you would want to.

#strptime builds a Date object from your string with your format.
Then, you must format it.

If you don’t need the Date object, I would just perform the magic on
the string itself. Matching month abbreviations to month numbers can
be done with Date::ABBR_MONTHNAMES.

hth,

Todd

Ok i see, i didnt explain myself properly, i wanted to turn “May 23,
2008” into a date and then output it as 23/05/2008"

Below works fine.

Date.strptime(“May 23, 2008”, ‘%B %d, %Y’).strftime("%d/%m/%Y")

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