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Parse date intervals from strings.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'date_interval'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install date_interval


You must always define at least one range at the beginning of the expression. The snippet below will return three dates objects.

require "date_interval"

expr = "2014-01-01 - 2014-01-03"
dates = DateInterval.parse(expr)

You can provide as many intervals as you want. The following expression returns six date objects.

require "date_interval"

expr = "2014-01-01 - 2014-01-03, 2014-02-01 - 2014-02-03"
dates = DateInterval.parse(expr)

You can also define filters. Filters are applied in sequence, from left to right. The following filters are available:

  • none: return no dates. Useful for applying specific filters afterwards.
  • [+-]weekends: filter weekend dates
  • [+-]weekdays: filter weekdays ()
  • [+-]sundays: filter sundays. You can use any weekday name (sundays-saturdays)
  • [+-]holidays: filter holidays. You must add the holidays by yourself (see below)
  • [+-]yyy-mm-dd: add/remove the given date.

Beware that duplicated dates are removed from the final result. They're also sorted.

Some expression examples:

# Don't return weekends
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, -weekends

# Return only weekends
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, none, +weekends

# Don't return weekdays
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, -weekdays

# Return only weekdays
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, none, +weekdays

# Return mondays, wednesdays and fridays
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, none, +monday, +wednesdays, +fridays

# Return the specified range, including one more date
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, +2014-07-31

# Return the specified range, excluding one date
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, -2014-01-05

# Return the specified range, excluding holidays
2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05, -holidays

Defining holidays

To define your holidays you must use the method DateInterval::Filter::Holiday.add. It accepts one or more dates.

require "date_interval"


DateInterval.parse("2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31, none, +holidays")
# => [
#     [0] #<Date: 2014-01-01>,
#     [1] #<Date: 2014-12-25>
#    ]

Validating expressions

To validation if an expression is valid use the DateInterval.valid? method.

require "date_interval"

DateInterval.valid?("2014-01-01 - 2014-01-05")
#=> true

#=> false


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