Converting a 2 byte string variable to a numeric value - C

Posted on 2003-11-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-15

I am currently programming a hand-held device which has a keypad and want to set the date.  The date is set using a varDateTime structure as follows:
byte day

byte month
byte year
byte hour
byte minute
byte second

I have a date byte array which contains the string characters as follows:
...which I want to have a result of 23rd March 2003 at 9.05pm.  I'm trying to convert each of the two elements corresponding to the part of the structure as follows:
int nVariable;
char tmpBuffer[]={0x00,0x00,0x00};

sscanf(tmpBuffer, "%d", &nVariable); = nVariable;

sscanf(tmpBuffer, "%d", &nVariable);
varDateTime.month = nVariable;


I'm not sure if I'm using the right conversions or data types or pointers and not pointers etc.  There is a simulator that goes with the device that seems to run C++ and that seems to work, but not the device itself which runs native C.

I don't get the expected results, any ideas?  

Question by:sbennetts
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sunnycoder earned 125 total points
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Hi sbennetts,

look into atoi() and strtol()

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char temp[3];
temp[0] = date [0];
temp[1] = date [1];
temp[2] = '\0';
date = atoi(temp);

temp[0] = date [2];
temp[1] = date [3];
month = atoi (temp);

temp[0] = date [4];
temp[1] = date [5];
year = atoi (temp);

temp[0] = date [6];
temp[1] = date [7];
hour = atoi (temp);

temp[0] = date [8];
temp[1] = date [9];
minute = atoi (temp);

/*23rd March 2003 at 9.05pm*/
next you can translate these values into string format ...

a better way would be declare a struct tm ... fill in these values there and then use ctime() or strftime()
struct tm t;
              struct tm
                      int     tm_sec;         /* seconds */
                      int     tm_min;         /* minutes */
                      int     tm_hour;        /* hours */
                      int     tm_mday;        /* day of the month */
                      int     tm_mon;         /* month */
                      int     tm_year;        /* year */
                      int     tm_wday;        /* day of the week */
                      int     tm_yday;        /* day in the year */
                      int     tm_isdst;       /* daylight saving time */

fill in the values here

strftime (...);

look into help page of strftime for detailed format information
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char final [100];

strftime ( final, "%d rd  %B %G at %l%p ", &t );
printf( "%s\n", final );

will do it :o)

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