Dates seem like such simple things to us humans, but they are surprisingly complex, especially when you look at the various ways dates are implemented internationally. For instance, in the U. S., we generally write the date as ‘MM/DD/YY’ while in Europe the day is listed first (‘DD/MM/YY’). Unfortunately, if all you are given are these numbers, it’s utterly impossible to
2 know which date ‘3/4/2007’ means. Is it the fourth day of March or the third day of April? Unless you know the intention of whoever created the date string, it’s impossible to know.
This article guides you through the creation of a date selection widget to help remove the ambiguity that dates can have.
Downloads for this article are available at: http://www.rbdeveloper.com/browse/5.5/5510/