A tool to shorten (encode) the date and expand (decode) shortened date back to original date
Actually, I have developed a new way to encode/decode dates within 3 or 4 characters by using base-99 format. So here, we are going to learn about the logic behind this utility tool and reason of it's creation.
Why did I created it?
Actually, while sharing the files across organisation I would have to maintain version numbers in the filename but those versions won't tell anything about the last updation date until I check when was it last updated. So to maintain the updation dates in the filename, I had started adding timestamp in the filename which solved my issue but looks bad and it also increases the length of the filename.
So I was searching ways to reduce the timestamp, at least the date portion to short string may be having only few characters but can tell the date. Initially, I got an idea of using base36 format instead of date and month because maximum date will be 31 which is less than 36; similary maximum month is 12 that is under 36 too. Well that solves my day-to-day problem but when I applied the same logic to years then it was limited to 36 years only. Then, I thought of using base64 format but that is also limited upto 64 years.
Since I was looking for universal date conversion, so I would require something like base99 format. I looked over the Internet but I didn't found anything like that. So I made it by my own.
What is a base99 format?
In simple language, base99 format refers to series of 0-9 followed by small & capital A-Z characters and variations of vowel characters, i.e.,
0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZàèìòùÀÈÌÒÙáéíóúÁÉÍÓÚâêîôûÂÊÔÛÎäëïöüÄËÏ; where each character refers to the position index in series.
Using this format, any number in between 0-99 can be represented by a character positioned in base99 sequence
12 → c, 19 → j, 34 → y
c is placed at 12th position in the sequence,
j at 19th while
y at 34th.
Now here is a way to use the same logic for date, so to do that let us take a date and encode it as
15-8-2019 → 15.8.2019 → f.8.kj → f8kj
Similarly, decode it back as
f8kj → f.8.kj → 15.8.2019 → 15-8-2019
Open the application in terminal & run the required commands as shown below
Few sample usages are given below
$ ds -t 2ckj $ ds -t -s 2-12-2019 -> 2.12.2019 -> 2.c.kj -> 2ckj $ ds -d 2ckj -s 2ckj -> 2.c.kj -> 2.12.2019 -> 2-12-2019 $ ds -e 2/12/2019 -s 2-12-2019 -> 2.12.2019 -> 2.c.kj -> 2ckj
Find out all the available command options & flags
$ ds -h Date Shortener is a tool to shorten (encode) the date and expand (decode) shortened date back to original date. Usage: ds [flag] [options] Options: -d, --date DD-MM-YYYY encode the provided date -c, --code DMY decode the provided code -t, --today encode today's date -e, --explain explain with steps -h, --help display the help menu -v, --version display the application version Examples: $ ds -v $ ds -t $ ds -t -e $ ds -d 15/08/2019 $ ds -d 15/08/2019 -e $ ds -c f8j $ ds -c f8j -e
See the currently available version
$ ds -v Date Shortener Version 0.2.0 Licensed under MIT License
To generate the builds for all platforms at once, run this
$ sh builder.sh
Otherwise, to generate the build for particular platform and run below commands
Create desktop builds that could run on shell.
$ cd date-shortener $ cargo build $ ./target/debug/ds -h
$ cd date-shortener $ cargo build --release $ ./target/release/ds -h
Create WASM file that could run using
In order to build it, we first need to install a WASI-enabled Rust toolchain:
$ rustup target add wasm32-wasi
$ cd date-shortener $ cargo build --target wasm32-wasi $ file ./target/wasm32-wasi/debug/ds.wasm $ wapm run ds -v
$ cd date-shortener $ cargo build --target wasm32-wasi --release $ file ./target/wasm32-wasi/release/ds.wasm $ wapm run ds -v
wapm runtime reserves these flags, so these gets override if app have it as well.
-h, --help Prints help information -V, --version Prints version information
WebAssembly.sh doesn't override any command or flag; where the
ds commands can be used straight-forward.