Time and dates

In this document we address issues and use cases related to dealing with date and times.

Date and times in javascript#

To deal with date and times in JavaScript the suggested library (used also in @acanto/core) is date-fns, it is functional and tree-shaking optimized.

Convert datetimes to local#

Often times you want displaying to the user a date or time of a certain event not exactly as it arrives from the server but translated to the user' local time. This can be achieved through a combination of server and client data as the latter is the only one reliably knowing the local time of the user.


Assuming you have a php valid $date variable in your blade template you first need to translate it milliseconds (to prevent invalid JavaScript Date objects e.g. in Safari), then in whatever HTML element use the attribute data-datelocal to define the desired datetime format and inside it (as its textContent) print the just transformed milliseconds date.

In your blade.php template:

@php $_date = strtotime($date) * 1000; @endphp You can display the date in one
<b data-datelocal="MMMM d, y - hh:mm aaaa"> {{ $_date }} </b>
Or you can break up the date in multiple HTML elements:
<span>mese e giorno </span>
<b data-datelocal="MMMM d,"> {{ $_date }} </b>
<span>anno </span>
<b data-datelocal="y"> {{ $_date }} </b>
<span>ora </span>
<b data-datelocal="hh:mm aaaa"> {{ $_date }} </b>

Then in your .js file:

import { autoConvertToLocalDates } from "@acanto/core-helpers/date";

Date formats#

Available date formats follow date-fns documentation.