A light weight relative time notation parser (e.g. 1d 2h, 3m, 4s is rendered as a relative date).
Overview and rationale
When building command line utilities I occasionally need to express time in a simple relative notation of day, hours, minutes and seconds (e.g. 1d 2h 3m 4s). There is a good, full featured time/date module called moment but it is also much more than what I need. That lead to reltime.js. It is a very simple relative time notation parser that only works on days, hours, minutes and seconds. It's less than 100 lines unminified.
23 hours 4 minutes 2 seconds -23h 5m 6s
This is particularly helpful with command line utilities where you might have a parameter to process a relative time to the present. E.g.
node mytool.js --update-since="-17m -2s"
Using moment.js to parse this one simple phrase just seems like overkill to me so that is why I've written reltime.js. It has three methods -
- parse(JS_DATE_OBJECT, SIMPLE_TIME_STRING) - parse a relative time string
Compute the relative time of one hour, three minutes and ten seconds in the future:
var reltime = require("reltime"); console.log("Show one hour, three minutes and ten seconds in the future", reltime.parse(new Date(), "1h 3m 10s").toString());
Calculate the time 45 days ago.
var reltime = require("reltime"); console.log("45 days ago", reltime.parse(new Date(), "-45d").toString());