Hi all,

I need help in writing a method that calculates & returns a person's age (in years)given instance variables day, month & year all of type integer(int).

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Last Post by jockfaire

Computing date differences is cumbersome, for example, leap years.
I suggest using something where somebody already wrote the function.

1. Install PostgreSQL Click Here;
2. Use PostgreSQL's age() function.

This method does have advantages:
A. It works;
B. It takes leap years into account;
C. You get an excellent, stable, tested, easy-to-install database for free.

1. Install PHP Click Here;
2. Use PHP's date_diff function;
A. Advantages: you get PHP, which is incredibly cool.
B. http://us3.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php


Surprisingly, JavaScript doesn't do this.

Edited by stercor: More information


Hello stercor
Do you know Java? It has comprehensive data handling classes as part of the every installation. Suggesting installing a database or another language to process dates in the Java forum is just silly. Plus it's obvious that the OP has been set the task of trying to code that functionality for himself.

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Normally a post like yours would get deleted, and repetition would lead to an infraction, but as this is your first post we'll write it off as a learning experience.


I need clarification on "repetition:"
1. repetition of the answer to the same question;
2. repetition of the content of answers to other questions. As an example, I don't know Java; did you comment because of this?
3. I was not being facetious. I'm 70, and what I don't know about OO would fill volumes.
4. I've written this exact function in S/370 assembler, therefore the leap year comment.

Edited by stercor: Clarification


To clarify:
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If you don't know Java then it's unlikely that you will have much to contribute in a Java forum. Maybe you could be more at home in the Database or PHP forums?


I apologize for becoming "off topic." But I'm new and don't know where to go for answers.
I didn't see/know that this is a Java forum. Had I seen that I wouldn't have even tried to answer the question.
untio's answer taught me something about Java. Thanks, untio.
I need an answer to my "repetition" question? This is important because it affects my future answers to questions in an appropriate forum.
Is there somewhere I can get clarification of the rules? Perhaps an "answer review" forum for new posters?


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Thanks untio.
I did have the java.util.Date & java.util.GregorianCalendar pkgs in mind, however in reading the Java API i understood that methods in the Date class were deprecated and that the calendar class should be used instead.

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