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datetime/time quickie
Jul 22, 2012
vurentjie
Jul 22, 2012
vurentjie
Jul 22, 2012
Jonathan M Davis
Jul 22, 2012
vurentjie
```hi,

i can't seem to find how to do this in the docs ... simple example

i have 2 times 9:00,12:00 for which i need to get the interval between them in minutes, ie 180

i though I could use Interval!TimeOfDay("9:00:00","12:00:00") and convert this to minutes from here but this does not seem to be correct.

i have looked at Duration!(Tp)().total!"minutes"();

but i cant seem to figure out how to use Interval/Duration together (without rolling out some kind of hacked intermediate method)

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```On Sunday, 22 July 2012 at 20:50:15 UTC, vurentjie wrote:
> hi,
>
> i can't seem to find how to do this in the docs ... simple example
>
> i have 2 times 9:00,12:00 for which i need to get the interval between them in minutes, ie 180
>
> i though I could use Interval!TimeOfDay("9:00:00","12:00:00") and convert this to minutes from here but this does not seem to be correct.
>
> i have looked at Duration!(Tp)().total!"minutes"();
>
> but i cant seem to figure out how to use Interval/Duration together (without rolling out some kind of hacked intermediate method)
>

sorry quick edit to avoid confusion - i know this should be

Interval!TimeOfDay(TimeOfDay1,TimeOfDay2)

and not the literal strings
```
```On Sunday, July 22, 2012 22:50:14 vurentjie wrote:
> hi,
>
> i can't seem to find how to do this in the docs ... simple example
>
> i have 2 times 9:00,12:00 for which i need to get the interval between them in minutes, ie 180
>
> i though I could use Interval!TimeOfDay("9:00:00","12:00:00") and convert this to minutes from here but this does not seem to be correct.
>
> i have looked at Duration!(Tp)().total!"minutes"();
>
> but i cant seem to figure out how to use Interval/Duration together (without rolling out some kind of hacked intermediate method)
>

Okay. What do you mean by interval? Because it sounds to me like you don't mean it in quite the same way that std.datetime does. A Duration represents a duration of time which is not fixed in time at all (e.g. 3 hours), whereas an Interval represents a duration of time which is fixed (e.g. 3 hours starting at 9:00). If all you want is the amount of time between 9:00 and 12:00, then you do

auto diff = TimeOfDay(12, 0) - TimeOfDay(9, 0);

If what you want is an Interval starting at 9:00 and going to 12:00, then you need to call Interval's constructor properly. The example on the constructor i the docs even shows how:

Interval!Date(Date(1996, 1, 2), Date(2012, 3, 1));

or

Interval!Date(Date(1996, 1, 2), dur!"years"(3))

In this case, you'd do something more like

auto i = Interval!TimeOfDay(TimeOfDay(9, 0), TimeOfDay(12, 0));

or

auto  = Interval!TimeOfDay(TimeOfDay(9, 0), dur!"hours"(3));

But it's sure not going to work with strings. _None_ of the constructors in std.datetime take times or dates as strings. It's really only units that are operated on as strings. You'd need to use the functions like fromISOString or fromISOExtString on the various time point types to do a conversion.

http://dlang.org/intro-to-datetime.html

- Jonathan M Davis
```
```On Sunday, 22 July 2012 at 21:16:22 UTC, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
> On Sunday, July 22, 2012 22:50:14 vurentjie wrote:
>> hi,
>>
>> i can't seem to find how to do this in the docs ... simple example
>>
>> i have 2 times 9:00,12:00 for which i need to get the interval
>> between them in minutes, ie 180
>>
>> i though I could use Interval!TimeOfDay("9:00:00","12:00:00") and
>> convert this to minutes from here but this does not seem to be
>> correct.
>>
>> i have looked at Duration!(Tp)().total!"minutes"();
>>
>> but i cant seem to figure out how to use Interval/Duration
>> together (without rolling out some kind of hacked intermediate
>> method)
>>
>
> Okay. What do you mean by interval? Because it sounds to me like you don't
> mean it in quite the same way that std.datetime does. A Duration represents a
> duration of time which is not fixed in time at all (e.g. 3 hours), whereas an
> Interval represents a duration of time which is fixed (e.g. 3 hours starting at
> 9:00). If all you want is the amount of time between 9:00 and 12:00, then you
> do
>
> auto diff = TimeOfDay(12, 0) - TimeOfDay(9, 0);
>
> If what you want is an Interval starting at 9:00 and going to 12:00, then you
> need to call Interval's constructor properly. The example on the constructor i
> the docs even shows how:
>
> Interval!Date(Date(1996, 1, 2), Date(2012, 3, 1));
>
> or
>
> Interval!Date(Date(1996, 1, 2), dur!"years"(3))
>
> In this case, you'd do something more like
>
> auto i = Interval!TimeOfDay(TimeOfDay(9, 0), TimeOfDay(12, 0));
>
> or
>
> auto  = Interval!TimeOfDay(TimeOfDay(9, 0), dur!"hours"(3));
>
> But it's sure not going to work with strings. _None_ of the constructors in
> std.datetime take times or dates as strings. It's really only units that are
> operated on as strings. You'd need to use the functions like fromISOString or
> fromISOExtString on the various time point types to do a conversion.
>
>
> http://dlang.org/intro-to-datetime.html
>
> - Jonathan M Davis