ATL Date Routines

Environment: Visual C++ 6 (SP3)

When writing ATL components, one of the hardest things to overcome for Windows
programmers, in my opinion, is the dependency on the MFC library. For dates and strings,
MFC simplifies the programmer’s job by handling memory allocations and type
conversions within its class encapsulation. However, with that simplification comes the
price of having to distribute the MFC DLL’s with your component.

This article focuses on the issues surrounding the use of dates within an ATL
component. I developed the DateLib component as part of a project for my company and, as
such, the methods of this component are specific to my company’s requirements (I do
not have an intellectual property agreement with this company). However, the DateLib
component does illustrate how to build an ATL component that has no MFC dependencies, is
thread-safe, and will compile as either ANSI or UNICODE.

The methods within the DateLib component are as follows:

Date Formatting Routines

  • Now – Returns the current system date in a DATE variable.
  • OLE2Oracle – For a given DATE, returns a formatted string using the DD-Mon-YYYY
    representation.
  • Int2Oracle – For a given month, day, and year, returns a formatted string using
    the DD-Mon-YYYY representation.
  • Int2OLE – For a given month, day, and year, returns the date in a DATE variable.
  • OLE2String – For a given DATE, returns a formatted string using the MM/DD/YYYY representation.

Date Parsing Routines

  • ParseOracle2OLE – For a given date given in a M/D/YY format, returns the date in a DATE variable.
  • ParseOracle2String – For a given date given in a M/D/YY format, returns a
    formatted string using the MM/DD/YYYY representation.
  • ParseOracle2Oracle – For a given date given in a M/D/YY format, returns a
    formatted string using the DD-Mon-YYYY representation.

Date Math Routines

  • GetFirstDay – For a given DATE, returns the first day of the month in a DATE variable.
  • GetLastDay – For a given DATE, returns the last day of the month in a DATE variable.
  • GetNextDay – For a given DATE, returns the next day’s date in a DATE variable.
  • GetNextWeek – For a given DATE, returns the next week’s date in a DATE variable.
  • GetNextMonth – For a given DATE, returns the next month’s date in a DATE variable.
  • GetNextYear – For a given DATE, returns the next year’s date in a DATE variable.
  • GetPreviousDay – For a given DATE, returns the previous day’s date in a DATE variable.
  • GetPreviousWeek – For a given DATE, returns the previous week’s date in a DATE variable.
  • GetPreviousMonth – For a given DATE, returns the previous month’s date in a DATE variable.
  • GetPreviousYear – For a given DATE, returns the previous year’s date in a DATE variable.

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