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Working with dates - localtime()

script: dates.pl
Last modified 2674.29 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 Saturday

The month is November

This is day 321 of the year 2017

The time this statement was executed (24 hour clock): 22:28:02

Todays date in typical database format: 2017-11-18

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

Sat Nov 18 22:28:02 2017

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

Sun Nov 19 06:28:02 2017

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