7Date, Time, and Timers


  • Retrieving specific date and time information from a Date object
  • Modifying the date and time of a Date object
  • Delaying the execution of a function
  • Executing a function at a set interval of time

Chapter 5 discussed that the concepts of date and time are embodied in JavaScript through the Date object. You looked at some of the properties and methods of the Date object, including the following:

  • The methods getDate(), getDay(), getMonth(), and getFullYear() enable you to retrieve date values from inside a Date object.
  • The setDate(), setMonth(), and setFullYear() methods enable you to set the date values of an existing Date object.
  • The getHours(), getMinutes(), getSeconds(), and getMilliseconds() methods retrieve the time values in a Date object.
  • The setHours(), setMinutes(), setSeconds(), and setMilliseconds() methods enable you to set the time values of an existing Date object.

One thing not covered in that chapter is the idea that the time depends on your location around the world. In this chapter you correct that omission by looking at date and time in relation to world time.

For example, imagine you have a chat room on your website and want to organize a chat for a certain date and time. Simply stating 15:30 is not good enough if your website attracts international visitors. The time 15:30 could be Eastern Standard Time, Pacific Standard Time, the time in the United Kingdom, or even the time in ...

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