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Working with Dates


Welcome back! Let's set aside our Object Methods for today and dive into something equally exciting: Working with Dates!

Creating Date Objects

You can easily create Date objects in JavaScript using various methods. Try new Date() for the current date and time, or specify a specific date and time with new Date(year, month, day, hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds).

Getting Date Components

Once you have a Date object, you can extract its individual components such as year, month, day, hours, and more. Use methods like getDate(), getMonth(), and getFullYear().

Setting Date Components

You can also modify specific date components. For example, to set a new day of the month, use setDate(newDay). You can similarly set any date component.

Adding and Subtracting Dates

JavaScript allows you to perform arithmetic operations on dates. Use operators like + and - to add or subtract days, months, or years from a date.

Comparing Dates

Comparing dates is a common task. Use comparison operators like <, >, or == to determine if one date is earlier, later, or equal to another.

Formatting Dates

Often, you need to display dates in a specific format. Use methods like toLocaleDateString() and toLocaleTimeString() to format dates according to your locale.

Parsing Dates

Sometimes, you may encounter dates in string format. Use Date.parse() to convert a string representation of a date into a Date object.

JavaScript Date Methods

Here's a table summarizing some useful JavaScript Date methods:

getDate()Gets the day of the month (1-31)
getMonth()Gets the month (0-11)
getFullYear()Gets the year (four digits)
setDate()Sets the day of the month (1-31)
setMonth()Sets the month (0-11)
setFullYear()Sets the year (four digits)

Best Practices for Working with Dates

Consider these best practices when working with dates:

  • Use Date objects for accurate date handling.
  • Be mindful of time zones and daylight saving time.
  • Handle invalid dates gracefully.

Next Up: Math Object

In our next session, we'll explore the JavaScript Math object. It provides various mathematical constants and functions to enhance your code's numerical capabilities. Follow us to continue the journey!