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Working with dates - localtime()

script: dates.pl
Last modified 2620.48 days ago, Sat Jul 24 16:30:10 2010

The Perl localtime() function is useful for getting the current system time. It returns a nine element array of values which can then be translated into different formats, such as the YYYY-MM-DD date format used for Oracle and MySQL databases. It is useful for situations where you need to do more than echo variables such as LAST_MODIFIED for modification dates.

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Today is Tuesday

The month is September

This is day 268 of the year 2017

The time this statement was executed (24 hour clock): 04:02:05

Todays date in typical database format: 2017-09-26

This convenient time stamp is the result of using: scalar localtime

Tue Sep 26 04:02:05 2017

A similar Perl function gmtime() returns elements in the standard Greenwich time zone. GMT timestamp:

Tue Sep 26 11:02:05 2017

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