Weird results i'm getting please explain

Hi,

This is kind of weird thing, I cannot explain it, but I will show you my
code - this would explain it better.

I have a helper method:

def month_in_words(month)
logger.debug(month)
Time.parse(month).strftime("%b")
end

and in my view I have:

<% @array.each do | ar | %>
<%= month_in_words(ar) %>
<% end %>

The result I’m getting in the view is the same for every call to helper
method month_in_words even if it’s getting different value in the
parameter?

View:

Jun
Jun
Jun
Jun

Debugger (from ruby script/server console):

06
05
04
03

Why do I keep getting Jun, is this a error within RubyonRails or is it
something I did not understand yet?

Please explain :slight_smile:

Jamal,

Your code does explain what’s going on. Time.parse is not returning
what you would expect because you are passing in just the String
representation of a month (rather than of a complete date). An easy
way to make it do what you want is to tack on a day to the end of the
string.

For instance (in IRB):

Time.parse(“03”)
=> Sat Jun 02 12:46:40 CDT 2007

Time.parse(“04”)
=> Sat Jun 02 12:46:44 CDT 2007

Time.parse(“03/01”)
=> Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 CST 2007

Time.parse(“04/01”)
=> Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 CDT 2007

Time.parse(“04/01”).strftime("%b")
=> “Apr”

I hope this helps,

David

David Altenburg wrote:

Jamal,

Your code does explain what’s going on. Time.parse is not returning
what you would expect because you are passing in just the String
representation of a month (rather than of a complete date). An easy
way to make it do what you want is to tack on a day to the end of the
string.

For instance (in IRB):

Time.parse(“03”)
=> Sat Jun 02 12:46:40 CDT 2007

Time.parse(“04”)
=> Sat Jun 02 12:46:44 CDT 2007

Time.parse(“03/01”)
=> Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 CST 2007

Time.parse(“04/01”)
=> Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 CDT 2007

Time.parse(“04/01”).strftime("%b")
=> “Apr”

I hope this helps,

David

Thanks, That kind of weird, I just added a year and it helps. Why is
that? Since I’m passing it different month number as a string, shouldn’t
it look at them as separate numbers as strings?

On Jun 2, 2007, at 1:59 PM, Jamal S. wrote:

For instance (in IRB):
=> “Apr”

I hope this helps,

David

Thanks, That kind of weird, I just added a year and it helps. Why is
that? Since I’m passing it different month number as a string,
shouldn’t
it look at them as separate numbers as strings?

Well, the problem is that when you only pass Time.parse a single
number, it does not know how to interpret that. Is it a month? A
year? A day? There’s no real way to tell. The way Time.parse works is
it tries to match the string you pass in against a series of
patterns. Most of the time, it does what you want. (i.e., if a person
could tell how to interpret the string as a date, Time.parse probably
will be able to as well). The exact details of how it does the
matching, however, are complex. The best place to look is probably
the source code – see the _parse method in date/format.rb in the
standard libs if you want to see exactly what it’s doing – there’s a
lot of code there, but it’s pretty readable, as long as you grok
regular expressions.

Thanks,

David L Altenburg
http://gensym.org

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