14 Replies Latest reply on Aug 14, 2018 5:17 PM by Sanford Whiteman

    Velocity Script Issue

    Nicole Mendes

      I am using this script to give an expiration date that is one week after an email is sent. I can't figure out how to add the "th, nd, st etc" to the date. For example, August 20th instead of August 20. I am having a hard time figuring out how to do this, any help would be appreciated.

       

      #set($dateInSevenDays = $date.calendar)

       

      $dateInSevenDays.add(10,168)

       

      $date.format('EEEE, MMMM d',$dateInSevenDays.time)

        • Re: Velocity Script Issue
          Sanford Whiteman

          Please read the seminal post on days and times in Velocity: https://blog.teknkl.com/velocity-days-and-weeks/

          • Re: Velocity Script Issue
            Chris Wilcox

            Reading the documentation that Sanford Whiteman linked, I'm not sure if there's a simple way.

             

            All I can think would be to first calculate what the month would be as 1 value, calculate what the date would be as a second value, then essentially map the values to their "th, nd, st" counterparts with an if statement based on the returned 'date' numeric value, then combine the two in your final

             

            Not super easy, but that looks to me like the only way to do it...

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              • Re: Velocity Script Issue
                Nicole Mendes

                Thanks Chris, it's a bit over my head so I was trying to find something simple but it does look like that is the only way that I'll be able to do make it work.

                  • Re: Velocity Script Issue
                    Chris Wilcox

                    It's unfortunate because the output of your date format has to fit within the velocity rules, so you can't just modify it to add the "th" yourself. You'd have to split it to first return the month, then return the day. Then basically do:

                     

                    #if $dayOfMonth = 1

                         1st

                    #elseif $dayOfMonth = 2

                         2nd

                    #elseif $dayOfMonth = 3

                         3rd

                    etc...

                     

                    Not real fun, but that should (might?) work!

                    • Re: Velocity Script Issue
                      Sanford Whiteman

                      Exactly like so:

                       

                      #set( $defaultTimeZone = $date.getTimeZone().getTimeZone("America/New_York") )
                      #set( $defaultLocale = $date.getLocale() )
                      #set( $calNow = $date.getCalendar() )
                      #set( $ret = $calNow.setTimeZone($defaultTimeZone) )
                      #set( $calConst = $field.in($calNow) )
                      #set( $ISO8601 = "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss" )
                      #set( $ISO8601DateOnly = "yyyy-MM-dd" )
                      #define( $enUSDayOrdinalIndicators )
                      1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th,7th,8th,9th,10th,11th,12th,13th,14th,15th,16th,17th,18th,19th,20th,21st,22nd,23rd,24th,25th,26th,27th,28th,29th,30th,31st
                      #end
                      #set( $indicatorList = $enUSDayOrdinalIndicators.toString().trim().split(",?\d+") )
                      Today with a friendly ordinal indicator is
                      ${date.format(
                        "EEEE, MMMM d'${indicatorList[$calNow.get($calConst.DAY_OF_MONTH)]}'",
                        $calNow,
                        $defaultLocale,
                        $defaultTimeZone
                      )}
                      

                       

                      Here I'm displaying the current date using the ordinal indicator.  You can see elsewhere in the post how to add a certain number of days, and simply use that approach with the $date.format() shown here.  (Note you always must set a timezone or half the world will have errors.) 

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                        • Re: Velocity Script Issue
                          Nicole Mendes

                          Thanks so much, this is exactly what I needed!! I added 7 days using code from the article that you had sent and got the code below and it is working great:

                           

                          #set( $defaultTimeZone = $date.getTimeZone().getTimeZone("America/New_York") )
                          #set( $defaultLocale = $date.getLocale() )
                          #set( $calNow = $date.getCalendar() )
                          #set( $ret = $calNow.setTimeZone($defaultTimeZone) )
                          #set( $calConst = $field.in($calNow) )
                          #set( $ISO8601 = "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss" )
                          #set( $ISO8601DateOnly = "yyyy-MM-dd" )
                          #define( $enUSDayOrdinalIndicators )
                          1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th,6th,7th,8th,9th,10th,11th,12th,13th,14th,15th,16th,17th,18th,19th,20th,21st,22nd,23rd,24th,25th,26th,27th,28th,29th,30th,31st
                          #end
                          #set( $indicatorList = $enUSDayOrdinalIndicators.toString().trim().split(",?\d+") )
                          
                          $calNow.add($calConst.DATE,7)
                          #set( $FRIENDLY_24H_DATETIME_WITH_FRIENDLY_TZ = "EEEE, MMMM d'${indicatorList[$calNow.get($calConst.DAY_OF_MONTH)]}'" )
                          
                          ${date.format(
                            "EEEE, MMMM d'${indicatorList[$calNow.get($calConst.DAY_OF_MONTH)]}'",
                            $calNow,
                            $defaultLocale,
                            $defaultTimeZone
                          )}
                          

                           

                          Thanks!!!

                      • Re: Velocity Script Issue
                        Sanford Whiteman

                        You shouldn't need any conditionals, just a map (or, simpler, an array) of days-of-month to ordinal indicator. Then interpolate

                         

                            ’${indicators[$calNow.get($calConst.DAY_OF_MONTH)]}’
                        

                         

                        into the output format.

                         

                        It should be noted that this is an extremely US-English-flavored variant of such a solution. There's no built-in localized version of this because the permutations are too broad.