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Routine to give difference between two dates as words (years, months, weeks and days)

Routine to give difference between two dates as words (years, months, weeks and days)

(OP)
I needed to express the difference between two dates as a string with years, months, weeks and days being split out and found very little to help do this in VFP.

The trick - it seems to me - is to calculate the number of months first, using GoMonth() iteratively. Years are always 12 months, so they can be split off.
Then 'rebase' the earlier date to the whole months position, and calculate the number of days remaining - then the weeks can be split off as these are always 7 days.
This can then be used to work out the remaining days.

Might not be any use to anyone but me... but here it is

CODE

FUNCTION DATEDIFFASWORDS
PARAMETERS m.DATE1,m.DATE2
PRIVATE m.DATE1,m.DATE2, m.YEARS,m.MONTHS,m.WEEKS,m.DAYS,m.TEMP,m.STRING
m.YEARS = 0
m.MONTHS = 0
m.WEEKS =0
m.DAYS = 0
** swap dates if needs be m.date2 should be the greater
IF m.DATE1 > m.DATE2
m.TEMP = m.DATE1
m.DATE1 = m.DATE2
m.DATE2 = m.TEMP
ENDIF
m.MONTHS = 0
IF GOMONTH(m.DATE1, 1) < m.DATE2
DO WHILE GOMONTH(m.DATE1, m.MONTHS) < m.DATE2
m.MONTHS = m.MONTHS + 1
ENDDO
m.MONTHS = m.MONTHS-1
ENDIF

m.DATE1 = GOMONTH(m.DATE1,m.MONTHS)
m.DAYS = m.DATE2-m.DATE1
m.WEEKS = INT(m.DAYS/7)
m.DAYS = m.DAYS - (m.WEEKS * 7)
m.YEARS = INT(m.MONTHS/12)
m.MONTHS = m.MONTHS - (m.YEARS * 12)
m.STRING = ""
IF m.YEARS > 0
m.STRING = ALLTRIM(STR(m.YEARS)+ " Year"+IIF(m.YEARS>1,"s",""))
ENDIF
IF m.MONTHS > 0
m.STRING = ALLTRIM( m.STRING +" "+ALLTRIM(STR(m.MONTHS))+" Month"+IIF(m.MONTHS>1,"s",""))
ENDIF
IF m.WEEKS > 0
m.STRING = ALLTRIM( m.STRING +" "+ALLTRIM(STR(m.WEEKS))+" Week"+IIF(m.WEEKS>1,"s",""))
ENDIF
IF m.DAYS > 0
m.STRING = ALLTRIM( m.STRING +" "+ALLTRIM(STR(m.DAYS))+" Day"+IIF(m.DAYS>1,"s",""))
ENDIF

RETURN(m.STRING) 

Regards

Griff
Keep ing

There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.

I'm trying to cut down on the use of shrieks (exclamation marks), I'm told they are !good for you.

RE: Routine to give difference between two dates as words (years, months, weeks and days)

(OP)
I have created a FAQ for this, and improved the code very slightly - waiting for number...
Regards

Griff
Keep ing

There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.

I'm trying to cut down on the use of shrieks (exclamation marks), I'm told they are !good for you.

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