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Date hacking

From: Michael J. Barillier
Subject: Date hacking
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 12:58:28 -0600
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Since I'm being so generous (*cough* *cough*), here's another hack I
just used to fix up a file full of dates.  Basically, I wanted to add
the day name to the start of all dates, e.g. change

  2002 August 02


  Friday 2002 August 02

calendar.el didn't have a suitable set of functions for working with
dates in the above format, so I hacked up:

(require 'calendar)

(defun monthname-to-index (monthname)
  "Converts a month name to its numeric (1-based) index."
  (cdr (assoc monthname
              (calendar-make-alist calendar-month-name-array))))

(defconst *bw-preferred-date-fmt-regexp*
  "\\(\\(19\\|20\\)[0-9][0-9]\\) \\([^ ]+\\) \\([0-9]+\\)"
  "My preferred date format, e.g. 2002 August 02.")

(defun ymd->date (ymd)
  "Converts a date formatted as:
  \"YYYY Month DD\"
to a date, as used in most of the `calendar.el' functions, i.e. a
list `(m d y)'."
    (when (string-match *bw-preferred-date-fmt-regexp* ymd)
      (list (monthname-to-index (match-string 3 ymd))
            (string-to-number (match-string 4 ymd))
            (string-to-number (match-string 1 ymd))))))

(defun fix-dates-in-region (start end)
  "Prefixes dates in the region with the day name.  Should have a
closure parameter or use a closure var or something to allow other
fix-ups ... but this is a hack."
  (interactive "r")
      (narrow-to-region start end)
      (goto-char (point-min))
      (condition-case nil
          (while t
            (re-search-forward *bw-preferred-date-fmt-regexp*)
            (let ((date (ymd->date (match-string 0))))
              (replace-match (concat
                              (elt calendar-day-name-array
                                   (calendar-day-of-week date))
                              " "
                              (match-string 0))))
            (goto-char (match-end 0)))
        (error (message "That's all, folks."))))))

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