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05 strings, numbers, and dates 05 strings, numbers, and dates Presentation Transcript

  • STRINGS, NUMBERS,AND DATESBuilt-in functions to make your life easier
  • JavaScript is extremely capable•  In this chapter well delve into •  Strings •  Numbers •  Dates •  Efficiency
  • WORKING WITH STRINGS
  • Strings• String are text data. Lets look at: •  Length •  Changing case •  Simple search •  Getting a substring •  Using regular expressions
  • You get a strings length from string.lengthvar password =document.getElementById(password).value;!if (password.length < 8 ) {! alert(That password is too short.);!}!
  • Changing case of a stringvar x = theString.toUpperCase()!var y = theString.toLowerCase()!•  These return the changed string but do not change the string itself
  • You can do a simple search within stringsvar loc = theString.indexOf(str);!var loc = theString.lastIndexOf(str);!
  • You can get substrings from strings•  var sub = theString.slice(start,end);•  start is zero-based•  end is one-based •  if less than zero, they will reach backwards into the string
  • REGULAR EXPRESSIONS
  • JavaScripthonorsregularexpressions var regex = /regularExpression/g;
  • You can find the location of a regex withina string•  var whereInString = theString.search(regex);•  The result will be its zero-based location within the string•  -1 => not found•  Just like indexOf()
  • You can grab the portion that matched with match()var result = ! string.match(regex);!// result is an array!!
  • match() gives you an array back with allthe matches•  var matches = theString.match(regex);•  var numMatches = matches.length;•  var firstMatch = numMatches[0];•  var nextMatch = numMatches[1];•  … and so on.
  • And you can replace the string withreplace()•  var newString = orig.replace(regex, new);•  Does not change the original string•  Replaces every occurrence of regex with new•  Example:var date = 10.28.2012;!var regex = /./g;!date = date.replace(regex, /);!•  date is now 10/28/2012
  • NUMBER TOOLS
  • Working with numbersJavaScript has the ability to work with numbers. Lets lookat some of the abilities in this next section.
  • You can change strings to numbers•  Several ways:var num = Number(theString);! •  Returns NaN if theString isnt numericvar num = parseInt(theString);! •  Reads theString char by char until it gets to a non [0-9] character and stops. This includes .var num = parseFloat(theString);! •  Reads until it gets to a non [0-9] or . and stops
  • if (isNaN(theString)) {! … ! }!You can test ifa variable is anumber or not
  • You can round numbers with Math.round()•  Original number is not changed•  Returns a rounded numbervar rounded = Math.round(number);! •  Rounds to nearest whole numbervar roundedUp = Math.ceil(number);! •  Always rounds upvar roundedDown = Math.floor(number);! •  Always rounds down
  • You can round a number to any numberof significant digits•  var rounded = oldNumber.toFixed(n);•  Where n is the number of digits to the right of the decimal•  Example: To make something look like currency … var number = 101.37501;! var currency = $ +! number.toFixed(2);! // currency now is $101.38!
  • You can make random numbers with Math.random() •  Returns a number between 0 and 1•  Get any random number between x and y with:Math.floor((Math.random() * (y - x + 1)) + x);!
  • DATES AND TIMES
  • You can also work with dates and times//Todays date!var now = new Date();!//Christmas, 2012!var then = new Date(2012, 11, 25);!//3:23 pm same day!then = new Date(2012, 11, 25, 15, 23);!
  • Date functions show different parts of thedate•  getFullYear() // 4-digit year•  getMonth() // integer between 0 (Jan.) & 11 (Dec.)•  getDate() // integer between 1 & 31•  getDay() // integer between 0 (Sunday) & 6 (Saturday)•  getHours()•  getMinutes()•  getSeconds()•  getTime() // number of milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970
  • To get timespans …•  var now = new Date();•  var then = new Date(2014, 11, 25);•  var diff = then – now;•  var daysTill = diff / (1000 * 60 * 60 * 24);
  • Hands on dates and times
  • OTHER TECHNIQUES
  • There are someother coolJavaScript tricksyou can use•  Lets look at some …
  • Reuse JavaScript files as much aspossible•  Theyll be cached, saving download time.•  Big files = slow download•  Dont download things that arent needed•  So, best practice is•  One JS file per page with unique functions•  One global with shared functions
  • Use the ternary operator(condition) ? A : B ;!var status = (a == correct) ? good : bad;!
  • Minifyingmakes yourJavaScriptload quickly•  YUI Compressor•  http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/compressor•  http://refresh-sf.com/yui
  • Conclusion•  Strings•  Regex•  Converting with Number(), parseInt(), parseFloat()•  isNan()•  Rounding with round(), ceil(), floor(), and toFixed()•  Random numbers with Math.random()•  Dates•  Ternary statement•  Switch statement•  Minifying code