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Re: Server time vs computer logging in

by 1nickt (Canon)
on Jan 06, 2017 at 02:07 UTC ( #1179053=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Server time vs computer logging in

Hello htmanning,

To be blunt, you are going about this all wrong. As you've been shown in your other thread, you don't need any of the date string manipulation you are doing. Think about it without code for a minute:

  • User logs in or refreshes a page. You get the time that happened on your webserver with time, which returns an integer.
  • You store the integer in the DB.
  • When testing whether the user is "logged on", you get the current time with time and compare the two integers to see if they are close enough together.
  • As simple as that would be with code, you can probably do it in the database itself - what DB are you running?
  • As others have said, this removes any concerns about dates, times, formats, timezones, etc.

Remember - the three cardinal virtues of a Perlmonk are laziness, impatience, and hubris. You've demonstrated commendable hubris in your approach. Now show some laziness and impatience, by thunder, and do it the easy way!

Hope this helps!

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