Lately, I've had to do a lot of work with
COleDateTime object variables. They're pretty nice classes to work with but not when you're debugging and need to know their actual date-time values. The
CTime class stores its value in a
time_t member variable and
COleDateTime uses the
DATE type to keep its value. Unfortunately, when we need to know what they mean in human-readable format, such as
11/03/1999 14:08:56, it's not possible without explicitly writing some code to format them into a
string. Well, I got tired of writing such code so instead I wrote a little application where I could input the value I need to figure out and then have it converted at the click of a button. The application is called
DTConverter and it's a simple MFC dialog-based application that allows you to convert to and from a
DATE, or a regular
%m/%d/%Y %H:%M:%S format.
I hope it makes debugging your date-time objects less painful. Enjoy it!
Update by Geert Delmeiren
COleDateTimeSpan variables. These are also non-human readable, so I extended the utility for converting
For converting a variable, a couple of mouse clicks are needed:
- Ctrl-C to copy the variable's value
- Click on the utility's session in the task bar
- Click in the edit field you want to paste
- Ctrl-V to paste the value
- Click on the <convert> button to convert the value
That could be quicker! So I extended the utility with (configurable) auto-paste/auto-convert functionality. In the fully automatic mode steps 3) to 5) are obsolete. You just copy the value and activate the utility and... there's the result!
Another small change: The human readable date/time
string now uses the format specified in the regional settings.
- 22nd September, 2001 - Added 'Always on Top' and disabling GUI logic to the dialogs
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