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Days passed since..

Posted on 2004-04-27
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Last Modified: 2010-04-05
I need a function to give me how many days have passed
since a given data. It has to keep in mind about different
data formats.

Question by:bryan7
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kretzschmar earned 2000 total points
ID: 10926022
>It has to keep in mind about different data formats.

just transform it into tdatetime

function DaysBetween(d1,d2 : TDateTime) : Integer;
  result := Abs(trunc(d1-d2));

meikl ;-)

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ID: 10926065

  yep, kretzschmar is right, but let me add something... you don't need the Abs function because ...

  TDateTime is real number. The integer part represent the days after 12/30/1899. So trunc(d1-d2) will give you the number of days... This can me negative value ...
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ID: 10926088
>This can me negative value ...

i added abs, to avoid negative values :-))
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by:Ferruccio Accalai
ID: 10926103
guys the DaysBetween function already exists in DateUtils.pas that gives the integer value of the difference between 2 dates...

also it contain DaySpan function that gets the difference included the frac part of entire day...

from Delphi help:

Call DaysBetween to obtain the difference, in days, between two TDateTime values.

DaysBetween counts only whole days. Thus, DaysBetween reports the difference between Dec 31, 1999 11:59 PM and Jan 1, 2000 11:58 PM as 0 because the difference is one minute short of an entire day.

Call DaySpan to obtain the difference, in days, between two TDateTime values. Unlike the DaysBetween function, which only counts whole days, DaySpan reports incomplete days as a fraction of an entire day.
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ID: 10926109
i know, f68 :-))
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ID: 10926111
just to say, that DateUtils.pas is not on all delphi versions available
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ID: 10926129
function DaySpan(d1,d2 : TDateTime) : Double;
  result := Abs(d1-d2);

meikl ;-)

Author Comment

ID: 10926141
Ahh thanks, that was easier than I thought eheh.
EncodeTime will do the rest. Btw my delphi5 enterprise
doesn't include that unit :(

grats kretzs on the first working answer

Thanks all for the help :)

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