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# Time Interval

Posted on 2002-04-04
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I am getting problem to compare two time with format(hh:mm:ss). I want to know what keyword or function can compare and give the difference between two time interval.
Like comparing 10.12.22 and 10.23.50. The keyword or function should give me the difference between the two times.

buy guy and goodluck.

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Question by:mahenky

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Ryan Chong earned 200 total points
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Hi mahenky,

Use the DateDiff function in VB, example:

debug.print datediff("s","10.12.22","10.23.50")
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Here is a routine that I wrote to do pretty much the same thing, you can adjust it to fit your needs.

Public Function DateDiffFractional(ByVal dtStart As Date, ByVal dtEnd As Date) As String
Dim lngSecs As Long
Dim lngYears As Long
Dim lngDays As Long
Dim lngHours As Long
Dim lngMinutes As Long
Dim strTemp As String

If Not IsDate(dtStart) Or Not IsDate(dtEnd) Then
'Enter your error handling here
'Invalid date(s)
Exit Function
ElseIf CDate(dtEnd) < CDate(dtStart) Then
'Enter your error handling here
'Date end is less than date start
Exit Function
End If

lngSecs = 0
lngYears = 0
lngDays = 0
lngHours = 0
lngMinutes = 0

lngSecs = DateDiff("s", dtStart, dtEnd)

If lngSecs >= 31536000 Then
lngYears = Fix(lngSecs / 31536000)
lngSecs = lngSecs - (lngYears * 31536000)
End If

If lngSecs >= 86400 Then
lngDays = Fix(lngSecs / 86400)
lngSecs = lngSecs - (lngDays * 86400)
End If

If lngSecs >= 3600 Then
lngHours = Fix(lngSecs / 3600)
lngSecs = lngSecs - (lngHours * 3600)
End If

If lngSecs >= 60 Then
lngMinutes = Fix(lngSecs / 60)
lngSecs = lngSecs - (lngMinutes * 60)
End If

If lngYears > 0 Then strTemp = "Years: " & lngYears & " "
If lngDays > 0 Then strTemp = strTemp & "Days: " & lngDays & " "
If lngHours > 0 Then strTemp = strTemp & "Hours: " & lngHours & " "
If lngMinutes > 0 Then strTemp = strTemp & "Minutes: " & lngMinutes & " "
If lngSecs > 0 Then strTemp = strTemp & "Seconds: " & lngSecs

DateDiffFractional = Trim(strTemp)
End Function
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BTW: DateDiff will work fine as a single line function if you only need the seconds, else you will have to convert the hours and minutes yourself from the seconds...
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sharmon, very true but here is a neat trick to get this done automatically:

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Tim,

That's very cool, still left a little formatting, but a cool trick.

As well, that function I gave above can also be shortened down to this for just times...

Public Function TimeDiff(ByVal Time1 As Date, ByVal Time2 As Date) As String
Dim intHours As Integer
Dim intMinutes As Integer
Dim intSeconds As Integer

intSeconds = Abs(DateDiff("s", TimeValue(Time1), TimeValue(Time2)))

If intSeconds >= (60 * 60) Then
intHours = Fix(intSeconds / (60 * 60))
intSeconds = intSeconds - (intHours * (60 * 60))
TimeDiff = Format\$(intHours, "00") & ":"
End If

If intSeconds >= 60 Then
intMinutes = Fix(intSeconds / 60)
intSeconds = intSeconds - (intMinutes * 60)
TimeDiff = TimeDiff & Format\$(intMinutes, "00") & ":"
End If

TimeDiff = TimeDiff & Format\$(intSeconds, "00")
End Function
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Here's a simpler one:

Public Function TimeDiff(ByVal Interval As String, ByVal Time1 As String, ByVal Time2 As String)

Dim HourTime1, HourTime2, MinuteTime1, MinuteTime2, SecondTime1, SecondTime2, TimeDifference
Dim Time1InSeconds, Time2InSeconds
Time1 = FormatDateTime(Time1, vbLongTime)
Time2 = FormatDateTime(Time2, vbLongTime)
HourTime1 = Hour(Time1)
HourTime2 = Hour(Time2)
MinuteTime1 = Minute(Time1)
MinuteTime2 = Minute(Time2)
SecondTime1 = Second(Time1)
SecondTime2 = Second(Time2)
Time1InSeconds = SecondTime1 + (MinuteTime1 * 60) + (HourTime1 * 3600)
Time2InSeconds = SecondTime2 + (MinuteTime2 * 60) + (HourTime2 * 3600)
TimeDifference = Time2InSeconds - Time1InSeconds
Select Case Interval
Case "h"
TimeDifference = TimeDifference / 3600
Case "m"
TimeDifference = TimeDifference / 60
End Select
TimeDiff = TimeDifference
End Function

Call it by:
timeNow = Now
timeDifferenceHours = TimeDiff("h", timeStart, timeNow)
timeDifferenceMinutes = TimeDiff("m", timeStart, timeNow)
timeDifferenceSeconds = TimeDiff("s", timeStart, timeNow)

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RichW,

How is that simpler and what's the major difference between using what you have there and just the built in DateDiff function?

Debug.Print DateDiff("s", "10:12:22","10:23:50")

I suppose your function would give you fractions of an Interval if needed.

Regards,
Shannon
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I thought he wanted just time.

My apologies, Sharmon.  I saw 43 lines of code and missed your last posting. The overhead in If statements and DateDiff's is made up by my variant declarations.  lol

Must be all the beer I had last night.

Regards,
RichW

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It's no problem, just thought maybe I was missing something there in your code.

Watch all that beer, you need to save some for the rest of us.

Shannon
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