[Gambas-user] DATE function Gambas 3.8.4 (Distro)

David Silverwood the_watchmann at yahoo.com
Thu May 16 16:16:13 CEST 2019

 Ok, so I'm back with the same problem. It seems to me Gambas has a template format for a date and trying to change it is impossible? As soon as Gambas sees it as a date, it reformats my formatting back to the incorrect format and renders all the code useless. Is this the way it is supposed to be? 
I need my date formatted to sqlite format, eg, yyyy-mm-dd
However, soon as I do that, gambas switches it to mm/dd/yyyy.
My OS regional settings are correct. Using Mint 18.3 KDE and Gambas 3.13 (Thanks Charlie for the upgrade tip)
The latter format is useless over here and inevitably gambas reads the day and month wrong, by switching it... I've tried using Split and in a debug /print statement I see that it does do exactly what I need, but once the format hits the textbox, Gambas actually changes it back to mm/dd/yyyy. How do I stop that? I tried DIM'ing the dates as Strings but Gambas seems to read dates as dates even if they are dimensioned as strings? (which I know they are 'special' strings of course).
My sqlite3 database complains whenever I try and save the dates in Gambas's preferred format.
I know I am doing something wrong since no one else has this issue.... but what?

    On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11:05:06 AM GMT+2, David Silverwood via User <user at lists.gambas-basic.org> wrote:  
  Thank you very much Charlie and Gianluigi. Those were pointers in the right direction for me! I really appreciate your help. (Not to mention I just learned a lot from both of your code too.)

    On Monday, April 29, 2019, 7:24:06 PM GMT+2, Charlie Ogier <charlie at cogier.com> wrote:  
  Hi David,
 Try this code: -
 Dim dDate As Date
 Dim sDate As New String[]
 edtDate.Text = "2019-04-29"         'I presume this is the format you get so you can take this line out. It was for me to test.
 If edtDate.Text Then
   sDate = Split(edtDate.Text, "-")
   dDate = Date(sDate[0], sDate[1], sDate[2])
   edtDate.Text = Format$(dDate, "dd/mm/yyyy")
 If you use the ppa you can have the latest version of Gambas. Run the following command in Terminal and Gambas 3.13.0 will install. You will need a reasonable internet connection.
 sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:gambas-team/gambas3 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y install gambas3 
 Hope that helps,
 On 29/04/2019 14:40, David Silverwood via User wrote:
 Hi I'm new to the forum so please forgive any mistakes in protocol. I am also pretty new to Gambas and have a lot to learn, so please forgive once again any stupid questions or mistakes. Am trying to get Gambas dates to work for me. I have a SQLite3 database and as we know SQLite dates are stored as YYYY-MM-DD. It seems Gambas dates are stored MM-DD-YYYY which in South Africa doesn't work as our local dates are stored dd-mm-yyyy. Now, when I format$ my dateboxes/textboxes to read yyyy-mm-dd, depending on the date, I either get a blank box or the month and day are swopped and therefore also renders the date unusable here.  My localisation settings for Linux Mint 18.3 KDE are correct. How can I convince Gambas to use the local date settings or at least format the date to the 'correct' format for our area? 
  The problem occurs when I load the dates from the database and try and format the dates to 'yyyy-mm-dd' using    If edtDate.Text Then     dDate = Val(edtDate.Text)     edtDate.Text = Format$(dDate, "yyyy-mm-dd")   Endif 
  Any but any suggestions/directions would be much appreciated. 
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