Dates and times

To get the basic time information, you can use the time() function that returns, for example, 1.408719961424e9, which is the number of seconds since a predefined date called the epoch (normally, the 1st of January 1970 on a Unix system). This is useful for measuring the time interval between two events, for example, to benchmark how long a long calculation takes:

start_time = time() 
# long computation 
time_elapsed = time() - start_time 
println("Time elapsed: $time_elapsed") 

Use the Dates module that is built in into the standard library, with Date for days and DateTime for times down to milliseconds, to implement this. Additional time zone functionality can be added through the Timezones.jl package.

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