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#1 June 21, 2010 18:21:12

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GDateTime support


Hello,

for the last month I've been pushing and working on datetime support for
glib, all the progress is athttps://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=50076.

As a starting point I took Christian Hergert's great work onhttp://audidude.com/?p=342and started working from there to get to a small,
but usable API so we could add this incrementally, easing review and bug
catching.

The hard part here is mostly about having timezones supported in all
platforms. So, for a starting point, there is a patch pending review on the
bug that adds GDateTime support for representing datetimes in local and utc
timezones only. I think this is a minimum feature to be supported and is
enough to get in (others might disagree, of course). Just representing
datetimes would be a great addition to glib.

After getting this in, my plan is to add wider timezone support by using
tzdata, which should be available in most systems (linux, solaris, mac) and
could be shipped in others (windows) together with glib. If anyone has a
better idea on how to have an uniform timezone support, please tell me. The
third step would be to add functions to manipulate datetimes, mostly for
adding them.

I'm trying to answer on the bug and update the patch with review critics
ASAP, and I've seen some interest in this feature while hanging out on IRC.
The reason I'm writing this mail is to make this public to people that
aren't reading bugzilla updates, so they can give their opinion/review on
the patches. And also to ask if some developer with larger glib experience
and/or commit access could review the patch and point me to a direction that
might lead to getting GDateTime in.

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