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Conditionally display content based on time of day

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Ok, I've looked around but as per usual can't find exactly what I'm looking for.  So here goes...
 
 Ultimately I'm going to build a digital cafeteria menu for my employer, but as of right now I'm just laying the groundwork.
 
 I'm trying to create a page that conditionally displays content based on the time of day.  Obviously this will be "Breakfast", "Lunch" and "Dinner."
 
 I'm going to use an Access DB and Classic ASP (that's the way my company is structured), so anything in ASP/VB script is what I'm looking for.
 
 Here's what code I have so far, would this be the right approach or if someone has something better/more efficient - I'm all ears.

<% 
ctime = FormatDateTime(Time,vbShortTime)
if ctime => "08:00" and ctime <= "11:00" then  %>
       
Breakfast
<% else if ctime => "11:01" and ctime <= "14:00" then  %>
       
Lunch
	  
<% else %>
Dinner
	  
<% end if %>
<% end if %>

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by:Paul MacDonald
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That looks okay to me.
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by:freezilla
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And basically just build up from there?
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Yep!

I think the hard part here will be coming up with an easy way to keep your database up-to-date.  Either you'll need to make a front end for that (so someone else can easily do it) or they'll just keep coming to you to do it.
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by:freezilla
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No way.  I'm making a back end admin so that they can enter the items themselves.  I think the only thing that might throw me a bit is that the schedule differs on weekends as opposed to week days.
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
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Is there a problem with your code?

Another good option is to create a procedure.

<%
response.write "We are now server "& getdaypart


Function getdaypart()
      theHour=hour(now())
      if theHour > 8 AND theHour <=11 then
           theDayPart= "Breakfast"
       elseif theHour >11 and theHour <= 14 then
            theDayPart = "Lunch"
       else
            theDayPart = "dinner"
       end if
     
       getdaypart=theDayPart

End Function
%>
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by:Paul MacDonald
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You can do some more conditional code using something like
     numDay = DatePart("w", Now())
to find the day of the week.

If you want to be really slick (and if the menu isn't longer than a typical page) you could put
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="60">
in the header and have the page refresh itself every minute.  Then, when the time rolls from one meal to the next, the page will automatically show what's currently being served.

Good luck!
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by:freezilla
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Nice!
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Ah, well.
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