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Generate a date stamp of today less a date interval

by grinder (Bishop)
on Dec 19, 2005 at 15:08 UTC ( #517745=snippet: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I needed to whip up a date delta (in my case, today minus 13 months) for SQL. I couldn't push the calculation onto the database, because the field in question is of type text rather than date, and converting it to a date and then subtracting the delta proved to be too expensive. Creating the date in Perl and using that is far more efficient. Don't blame me, I didn't design the schema, I just use it.

It's perhaps too-clever-by-half in that it's the most-commented bit of code I've written in some time, but I like the way it plays with list context.

use Date::Calc 'Add_Delta_YM';

my $date_limit = sprintf( '%02d-%02d-%04d',
    reverse               # Y M D --> D M Y
        sub {
            $_[5] + 1900, # year
            $_[4] +    1, # month
            $_[3],        # and day
                       0, # less this many years
                     -13, # and this many months
        }->(localtime),   # from today
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Re: Generate a date stamp of today less a date interval
by dave0 (Friar) on Dec 20, 2005 at 04:57 UTC
    Here's another option, using the DateTime modules:
    use DateTime; my $date = DateTime->now->subtract( DateTime::Duration->new( months => 13 ) ); my $date_limit = $date->dmy;
Re: Generate a date stamp of today less a date interval
by explorer (Chaplain) on Dec 20, 2005 at 08:58 UTC
    Here you can see more modules & samples. My examples are below explorer39 user name.
Re: Generate a date stamp of today less a date interval
by TedPride (Priest) on Dec 20, 2005 at 09:58 UTC
    How about:
    SELECT SUBDATE(datefieldname, INTERVAL 13 MONTH);

    You can then format the result as needed with DATE_FORMAT(). I'm willing to bet both processes will be more efficient done through database than Perl.

    EDIT: Oops - as pointed out by grinder in PM, he already specified that the database approach wouldn't work, since the field is TEXT. Somehow I missed that. Whoever designed the table needs some serious punishment.

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