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## calculate days until today

(OP)
Hello,
i'm a newbie with webfocus. The second report, I shall write, has to calculate with date. I have a field that contains a beginning date with timestamp. The format is A19. It looks like 2004-07-27-07.25.15.416780. I have to count the days from beginning date until "today". I don't know, how much reports I started without getting the right solution! Can you help me, please?
Thanks
Karin

### RE: calculate days until today

Here's an example of how to do it. First, strip out the 'date' from the date-time stamp, using the EDIT function, then, use the YMD function, which calculates the difference between two legacy dates, in [Y]YMD format. To automatically insert today's date, use &YYMD.

If you're dealing with 'smart' dates, you can just subtract two dates to get the difference.

As an aside, the string you gave was 26 characters long; it won't fit into an A19.

#### CODE

DEFINE FILE CAR
-* the next line is just to get the value into a field
XDT/A26='2004-07-27-07.25.15.416780';
ADT/A8YYMD=EDIT(XDT,'9999$99$99');
DATEDIFF/I6 = YMD(ADT,'&YYMD');
END
TABLE FILE CAR
PRINT XDT ADT DATEDIFF
WHERE COUNTRY EQ 'ENGLAND'
END

### RE: calculate days until today

(OP)
Hi focwizard,
great! It works!
Thanks
Karin

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