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Working with dates - localtime()

Last modified 3067.48 days ago, Sat Jul 24 16:30:11 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 Monday

The month is December

This is day 350 of the year 2018

The time this statement was executed (24 hour clock): 03:00:38

Todays date in typical database format: 2018-12-17

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

Mon Dec 17 03:00:38 2018

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

Mon Dec 17 11:00:38 2018

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