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The Year 2000 Conversion Solution!
Year 2000 conversions present many challenges. If you want an efficient way to meet the challenges of date conversion on your HP 3000, look to SmartDate. SmartDate provides you with an easy way to change your applications to support dates that extend well into the 21st century. SmartDate helps your programs to convert, compare, and edit dates. What's more, with SmartDate you have a proven technology, one that's already been included for years in other Robelle software products.
Just a Callable Routine AwaySmartDate is a set of routines that manipulate and calculate dates, and which are callable from such common 3GL programs as COBOL, Pascal, C, and so on. The routines provide a generalized way to get today's date, convert dates among various formats, and perform calculations such as finding the number of days between two dates.
One Routine Fixes All Your DatesEach different program written over the years may have acquired its own way of working with dates. Now, one of the tasks in Year 2000 conversions is to alter these diverse programs so that they'll work with the new date storage formats that can hold the century. You could take the time to hard-code each program with its own date mechanism. However, a more efficient approach is to have every program call a common routine. Here's where SmartDate can help. Either your programs can call SmartDate directly, or SmartDate can form the foundation for a routine that you create. SmartDate recognizes and converts over two dozen date and storage formats. Furthermore, you don't have to learn how to calculate leap years or how to subtract two dates -- SmartDate does it for you.
Compare Without ConvertingComparing two dates to determine which is first chronologically can be complicated, but not with SmartDate. Say, for example, that your cutoff rule for interpreting a six-digit date without the century is that years 30 through 99 are in the 1900s, and years 00 through 29 are in the 2000s. When converting or comparing dates, SmartDate will remember this rule and assign the appropriate century for each year. In this way SmartDate allows you to work with existing dates in your databases, without the bother of having to convert them.
Let SmartDate Do the WorkEven if you have converted your databases and applications to work with four-digit years, users may complain about having to type four-digit years as part of their data entry or selection criteria. To avoid a user revolt, use SmartDate. SmartDate can let your applications convert human-friendly input to the format that the program or database needs. When converting user input to a program's internal format, SmartDate can also apply the century cutoff rule that you specify.
People Dates vs. Computer DatesOften the dates stored in your databases are not in a format that users want to type or to see on their reports. SmartDate allows users to enter dates in people-friendly formats, and to see dates in a number of display formats. It even permits some free-format input to accommodate your company's in-house date style. SmartDate offers conversion from any of the date formats listed as "From", to any other date format:
Dec 31, 2000 Format Data Type From/To 311200 DDMMYY 6-byte From/To 31/12/00 DD/MM/YY 8-byte From/To 001231 YYMMDD 32-bit From/To 51566 Calendar 16-bit From/To DEC 31, 2000 MMM DD, CCYY 12-byte To-only 31 DEC00 DD MMMYY 8-byte From/To 123100 MMDDYY 6-byte From/To 12/31/00 MM/DD/YY 8-byte From/To 001231 YYMMDD 6-byte From/To 0012 YYMM 16-bit From/To 1200 MMYY 4-byte From/To DEC 00 MMM YY 6-byte To-only 00/12/31 YY/MM/DD 8-byte From/To 20001231 CCYYMMDD 8-byte From/To 20001231 CCYYMMDD 32-bit From/To WED, DEC 31, 20 DDD, MMM DD, CCYY 18-byte To-only A01231 AAMMDD 6-byte From/To 31122000 DDMM[CC]YY n-byte From/To 12312000 MMDD[CC]YY n-byte From/To 20001231 [CC]YYMMDD n-byte From/To Dec31 00 MMMDD YY 8-byte From/To 2001231 YYYMMDD 32-bit To-only 200012 CCYYMM 6-byte From/To 200012 CCYYMM 32-bit From/To 2000 CCYY 4-byte From/To 2000 CCYY 32-bit From/To 51615 Powerhouse 16-bit From/To
Edit As You ConvertAs dates are converted you can apply a number of editing functions to them:
Reliability and Flexibility - That's SmartDateSmartDate has been used in software products such as Qedit, Suprtool, and Xpress for many years. It is because of SmartDate that Robelle products have already been Year 2000 compliant for a long time. In addition, SmartDate works with dates from 1583 to 2583, offering enough flexibility for virtually all applications.