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Date::Manipby ZZamboni (Curate)
|on Sep 14, 2000 at 05:05 UTC||Need Help??|
Item Description: Powerful date parsing, arithmetic and other manipulation
Review Synopsis: Big module, but worth it for flexible parsing and complex manipulation tasks
Date::Manip is often referred to as a large, monolithic and impractical module. And at almost three times the size of Date::Calc (which is itself referred to as large and monolithic), it is certainly a large module. However, it provides some useful high-level functions, including very flexible parsing capabilities.
The GoodI have found Date::Manip to be useful primarily for its date parsing capabilities. It can parse many different human-readable date specifications. You can say things like:
and they will all parse correctly. Date::Manip also handles concepts of work days and holidays, date deltas (for example, "in 3 weeks" can be parsed both as a date and as a delta), recurrent events, and named events. From its internal representation, it can output dates in any format you may need.
The documentation is quite extensive and detailed, although it is somewhat confusing in parts.
The BadIt is a very large module.
The Bottom LineIf you need powerful date parsing capabilities, or other high-level functions (like recurrence, work/holiday days, etc.), Date::Manip is for you. For most other things it may be overkill.