++ed by:
XYF TIMB MHOWARD ROMANF AYOUNG

5 PAUSE users
3 non-PAUSE users.

Steven Schubiger (stsc)

NAME

DateTime::Format::Natural - Create machine readable date/time with natural parsing logic

SYNOPSIS

 use DateTime::Format::Natural;

 $parser = DateTime::Format::Natural->new;

 $dt = $parser->parse_datetime($date_string);
 @dt = $parser->parse_datetime_duration($date_string);

 if ($parser->success) {
     # operate on $dt/@dt, for example:
     printf("%02d.%02d.%4d %02d:%02d:%02d\n", $dt->day,
                                              $dt->month,
                                              $dt->year,
                                              $dt->hour,
                                              $dt->min,
                                              $dt->sec);
 } else {
     warn $parser->error;
 }

DESCRIPTION

DateTime::Format::Natural takes a string with a human readable date/time and creates a machine readable one by applying natural parsing logic.

CONSTRUCTOR

new

Creates a new DateTime::Format::Natural object. Arguments to new() are options and not necessarily required.

 $parser = DateTime::Format::Natural->new(
           lang          => 'en',
           format        => 'mm/dd/yy',
           prefer_future => '[0|1]',
           time_zone     => 'floating',
           daytime       => { morning   => 06,
                              afternoon => 13,
                              evening   => 20,
                            },
 );
  • lang

    Contains the language selected, currently limited to en (english). Defaults to 'en'.

  • format

    Specifies the format of numeric dates, defaults to 'd/m/y'.

  • prefer_future

    Turns ambiguous weekdays/months to their futuristic relatives. Accepts a boolean, defaults to false.

  • time_zone

    The time zone to use when parsing and for output. Accepts any time zone recognized by DateTime. Defaults to 'floating'.

  • daytime

    A hash reference consisting of customized daytime hours, which may be selectively changed.

METHODS

parse_datetime

Creates a DateTime object from a human readable date/time string.

 $dt = $parser->parse_datetime($date_string);
 $dt = $parser->parse_datetime(string => $date_string);
  • string

    The date string.

Returns a DateTime object.

parse_datetime_duration

Creates one or more DateTime object(s) from a human readable date/time string which may contain timespans/durations. 'Same' interface & options as parse_datetime(), but must be explicitly called in list context.

 @dt = $parser->parse_datetime_duration($date_string);
 @dt = $parser->parse_datetime_duration(string => $date_string);

success

Returns a boolean indicating success or failure for parsing the date/time string given.

error

Returns the error message if the parsing did not succeed.

trace

Returns a trace of methods which were called within the Base class and a summary how often certain units have been modified.

GRAMMAR

The grammar handling has been rewritten to be easily extendable and hence everybody is encouraged to propose sensible new additions and/or changes.

See the classes DateTime::Format::Natural::Lang::[language_code] if you're intending to hack a bit on the grammar guts.

EXAMPLES

See the classes DateTime::Format::Natural::Lang::[language_code] for a overview of current valid input.

CREDITS

Thanks to Tatsuhiko Miyagawa for the initial inspiration. See Miyagawa's journal entry http://use.perl.org/~miyagawa/journal/31378 for more information.

Furthermore, thanks to (in order of appearance) who have contributed valuable suggestions & patches:

 Clayton L. Scott
 Dave Rolsky
 CPAN Author 'SEKIMURA'
 mike (pulsation)
 Mark Stosberg
 Tuomas Jormola
 Cory Watson
 Urs Stotz
 Shawn M. Moore
 Andreas J. König
 Chia-liang Kao
 Jonny Schulz
 Jesse Vincent
 Jason May
 Pat Kale
 Ankur Gupta
 Alex Bowley
 Elliot Shank
 Anirvan Chatterjee
 Michael Reddick
 Christian Brink

SEE ALSO

DateTime, Date::Calc, http://datetime.perl.org

AUTHOR

Steven Schubiger <schubiger@cpan.org>

LICENSE

This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

See http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html

1 POD Error

The following errors were encountered while parsing the POD:

Around line 648:

Non-ASCII character seen before =encoding in 'König'. Assuming ISO8859-1