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Formatting Dates in Classic ASP

During my internship at RPM, we used classic ASP for server side scripting rather than the PHP I’m more used to. Classic ASP is missing functions for formatting dates, like PHP and *NIX shell have, for instance. SQL Server has the CONVERT function, but only has a limited number of output formats, at least for the older SQL Server version we had: Otherwise, it would be more efficient to format the data as it is coming from the database . I built two functions for date formatting based on the PHP and *NIX “date” formats for use on the HSGA site, where I had to format dates a certain way for a project. I don’t remember if I used it on other projects, but I think so.

Both functions take two parameters. The first is a date, as would come from a SQL Server “datetime” field. The second is a string that defines the output format. The first function uses a format string like the php date function. The long function is as follows (tabs are double spaces due to the width and length of the content):

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Unemployed

This is a little late perhaps, but I am now unemployed. My internship at RPM had been done for school purposes at the end of spring semester, but I had continued on to train the next intern. I of course had quit out at the Lizard around the end of spring as well. I finished at RPM at the end of August there, and have since been without a job.

I haven’t really been looking that hard for a new one. I have little motivation to at the moment, and am working on doing some things around the house and some other personal issues for the moment. I also want to get together a good portfolio before I really start looking.

Ronda Leffel, who is the new director of the eBusiness program I am in at Tri-C, has been and will continue to look for jobs for me. There is the possibility of a job at Sherwin Williams, who is headquartered in Cleveland and recently partnered with the school. The program is touted as having a 100% placement rate for students. Though I do know one who never got placed, I am fairly confident that I’ll get something at some point.

I luckily have a fair amount of savings from my years of working at the Lizard combined with thrifty spending and careful saving. I should be fine for about six months. I’m not sure if I really want to eat all of my savings that isn’t in stocks or cds, but I may risk it. If I get worried about available funds, I’m sure I could quickly find a job at a restaurant again.

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