Using timezone javascript to set Time.zone

I’ve got a javascript that provides me with the timezone for the
client. I want to use this to set Time.zone so that all my times
stored in the database are displayed in the timezone for the client.
So really simplistically

var timezone = jstz.determine_timezone().timezone
Time.zone = timezone.olson_tz

obviously this can’t be done. I’ve taken a look on the web and can
only find ‘solutions’ over two years old and as ROR moves so fast I
thought someone may know of a better solution. So can anyone suggest a
simple solution?

Many thanks

On Jul 13, 2011, at 10:53 AM, Bill W. wrote:

obviously this can’t be done. I’ve taken a look on the web and can
only find ‘solutions’ over two years old and as ROR moves so fast I
thought someone may know of a better solution. So can anyone
suggest a
simple solution?

It needs to be set on the server. You could do an AJAX call.

Or, you could do this all in JavaScript, and simply translate the
dates in the browser. Store – and display – one time zone, like UTC.
But then on the client, collect all your dates (wrap them in a
span.date or something that you can get using JS) and use the client’s
notion of the time zone to adjust their display on screen.

$$(‘span.date’).each(function(elm){
var d = new Date();
var offset = d.getTimeZoneOffset() * 3600 * 1000;
var adjusted = new Date(elm.innerHTML);
adjusted.setTime(adjusted.getTime() + offset);
elm.update(adjusted.toLocaleDateString());
});

Walter

Hi Ben,

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 9:47 AM, Ben P. [email protected] wrote:

thought someone may know of a better solution. So can anyone suggest a
simple solution?

It needs to be set on the server. You could do an AJAX call.

HTH,
Bill

You could do it with AJAX as well and store it in a session variable…

routes.rb

post “timezone/set”

timezone_controller.rb

def set
session[:timezone] = params[:timezone]
end

application_controller.rb

before_filter :set_timezone
def set_timezone
Time.zone = session[:timezone]
end

detect_timezone.js

$.post("/timezone/set", { timezone:
jstz.determine_timezone().timezone.olson_tz } );

Thanks for the replies.

The solution I’ve come up with for now is to use the javascript that
determines the timezone to store the timezone in a cookie using the
onload event. I then read it back out of the cookie in Rails with a
before_filter on application_controller.rb.

I’m not convinced its the best solution as obviously not everyone
turns cookies on, hmmm…

detect_timezone.js :
jstz.set_timezone_in_cookie = function () {
var tz_info = jstz.determine_timezone();
document.cookie=“timezone =” + tz_info.timezone.olson_tz;
}

application_controller.rb :
before_filter :set_timezone
def set_timezone
Time.zone = request.cookies[“timezone”]
end

Any thoughts? Many thanks.

#routes.rb
scope ‘planbadmin’ do
resources :timezone do
member do
post :set
end
end
end

That’s your problem there. By putting the “set” method under member,
it’s
expecting it to be called for a timezone such as “/timezone/:id/set”

If you’re going to set it up as a resource in routes, you probably want
to
use “collection” instead of “member” so it can be accessed via
“/timezone/set”

You can run “rake routes” from the command line and you can see what it
is
expecting.

Of course the other option is just to add this one line to your routes
instead of the resources snippet above:

post “timezone/set”

I’m very close but need a little help as my timezone controller set
function isn’t being called. I can see the post call being made in the
console and I can see before a filter being run on the timezone
controller, but no set function.

#routes.rb
scope ‘planbadmin’ do
resources :timezone do
member do
post :set
end
end
end

timezone_controller.rb

class TimezoneController < ApplicationController
def set
ldb(“setting timezone = ‘#{params[:timezone]}’”) #debug output
session[:timezone] = params[:timezone]
end
end

application_controller.rb

before_filter :set_timezone
def set_timezone
ldb(“setting timezone #{session[:timezone]}”) #debug output
Time.zone = session[:timezone]
end

detect_timezone.js

jstz.set_timezone_in_session = function () {
//prototype
new Ajax.Request("/planbadmin/timezone/set", {parameters:
{ timezone:jstz.determine_timezone().timezone.olson_tz }} );
}
onload = jstz.set_timezone_in_session();

#console output
Started POST “/planbadmin/timezone/set” for 127.0.0.1 at 2011-07-14
09:38:13 +01
00
Processing by TimezoneController#set as JS
Parameters: {“timezone”=>“Europe/London”}
←[1m←[36mUser Load (117.0ms)←[0m ←[1mSELECT TOP (1) [users].* FROM
[users] WH
ERE ([users].[userid] = N’benp’)←[0m
Redirected to http://localhost/planbadmin/planb
Completed 302 Found in 140ms

Started GET “/planbadmin/planb” for 127.0.0.1 at 2011-07-14 09:38:13
+0100
Processing by PlanbController#index as HTML
===> C:/Projects/PLANB/interface/1.5.5/app/controllers/
application_controller.rb
:68:in `set_timezone’: setting timezone = ‘’
Rendered planb/index.html.erb within layouts/application (5.0ms)
Completed 200 OK in 35ms (Views: 35.0ms | ActiveRecord: 0.0ms)

Many thanks

OK finally cracked it. Problem was with filters being run first in
application_controller.rb. The timezone_controller.rb set function was
being ignored as result of them. So

#routes.rb
scope ‘planbadmin’ do
resources :timezone do
collection do
post :set
end
end
end

#timezone_controller.rb
class TimezoneController < ApplicationController
skip_before_filter :admin, :authorise

def set
session[:timezone] = params[:timezone]
redirect_to(:controller => “planb”)
end
end

Just a quick one, if I don’t have that redirect it barfs about a
missing template. Is there a neat way around it?

Thanks VERY much for all the help.

Hmm, so I’ve updated the routes

#routes.rb
scope ‘planbadmin’ do
#removed the timezone resource
end
post “timezone/set”

and the rake routes output is now
timezone_set POST /timezone/set(.:format)
{:controller=>“timezone”, :action=>“set”}

the console output is still exactly the same and the timezone set
function still isn’t being called. Have you any other pointers? Again
thanks for your help with this its very much appreciated.

You can use “render :nothing => true” instead

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

I am trying to get timezone in browser produce below error.
jstz is not defined
jstz.set_timezone_in_session = function () {

My code:

jstz.set_timezone_in_session = function () {
$.post("/timezone/set", { timezone:
jstz.determine_timezone().timezone.olson_tz } );
}
onload = jstz.set_timezone_in_session();

I am using JQuery.

If any one known about this suggestion me.

  Thanks,

Dhamodharan.N

Are you sure you’re using the latest version of the
detect_timezone.js? When I was working on this I downloaded another
older version that didn’t define the class jstz namespace.

Hello friends,

I forgot to download
https://bitbucket.org/pellepim/jstimezonedetect/downloadsdetect_timezone.js.

Hello Ben P.,

I download js from
https://bitbucket.org/pellepim/jstimezonedetect/get/tip.zip