Applies to TestComplete 14.30, last modified on November 21, 2019

Description

Use the aqDateTime.Now method to get the current date and time. To get only the current date or only the current time, use the Today and Time methods respectively.

Declaration

aqDateTime.Now()

Result Date/Time

Applies To

The method is applied to the following object:

Result Value

A Date/Time value that holds the current date and time.

In JavaScript, JScript, Python or DelphiScript, if you try to output the date and time returned by the Now method as a string, conversion takes place and the date and time are output in the native format for the selected language (day/month/date/time/year in JavaScript, JScript and DelphiScript, year/month/day/time in Python). For example, this occurs if you use the following code to post the current date and time to the test log:

JavaScript, JScript

function Test()
{
  Log.Message("Now:" + aqDateTime.Now());
}

Python

def Test():
  Log.Message("Now:" + str(aqDateTime.Now()))

VBScript

Sub Test
  Log.Message("Now:" & aqDateTime.Now())
end sub

DelphiScript

function Test;
begin
  Log.Message('Now:' + aqDateTime.Now);
end;

C++Script, C#Script

function Test()
{
  Log["Message"]("Now:" + aqDateTime["Now"]());
}

To avoid such a conversion, you need to explicitly specify the format in which time should be displayed. For example, you can use the following code:

JavaScript, JScript

function Test()
{
  Log.Message("Now:" + aqConvert.DateTimeToFormatStr(aqDateTime.Now(), "%m/%d/%y %H:%M:%S"));
}

Python

def Test2():
  Log.Message("Now:" + aqConvert.DateTimeToFormatStr(aqDateTime.Now(), "%m/%d/%y %H:%M:%S"))

VBScript

Sub Test
  Log.Message("Now:" & aqConvert.DateTimeToFormatStr(aqDateTime.Now(), "%m/%d/%y %H:%M:%S"))
end sub

DelphiScript

function Test;
begin
  Log.Message('Now:' + aqConvert.DateTimeToFormatStr(aqDateTime.Now(), '%m/%d/%y %H:%M:%S'));
end;

C++Script, C#Script

function Test()
{
  Log["Message"]("Now:" + aqConvert["DateTimeToFormatStr"](aqDateTime["Now"](), "%m/%d/%y %H:%M:%S"));
}

Example

The code below demonstrates how you can compare different date and time values.

JavaScript, JScript

function ComparingDates()
{
  var currentDateAndTime = aqDateTime.Now();
  var currentTime = aqDateTime.Time();
  var currentDate = aqDateTime.Today();

  Log.Message(currentDateAndTime);
  Log.Message(currentTime);
  Log.Message(currentDate);

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentTime));
  // 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentTime

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentDate));
  // 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentDate

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentTime, currentDate));
  // -1, because currentTime is earlier then currentDate
}

Python

def ComparingDates():
  currentDateAndTime = aqDateTime.Now()
  currentTime = aqDateTime.Time()
  currentDate = aqDateTime.Today()
  Log.Message(currentDateAndTime)
  Log.Message(currentTime)
  Log.Message(currentDate)
  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentTime))
  # 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentTime
  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentDate));
  # 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentDate
  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentTime, currentDate));
  # -1, because currentTime is earlier then currentDate

VBScript

Sub ComparingDates
  Dim currentDateAndTime, currentTime, currentDate

  currentDateAndTime = aqDateTime.Now
  currentTime = aqDateTime.Time
  currentDate = aqDateTime.Today

  Log.Message(currentDateAndTime)
  Log.Message(currentTime)
  Log.Message(currentDate)

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentTime))
  ' 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentTime

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentDate))
  ' 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentDate

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentTime, currentDate))
  ' -1, because currentTime is earlier then currentDate
End Sub

DelphiScript

procedure ComparingDates;
var currentDateAndTime, currentTime, currentDate;
begin
  currentDateAndTime := aqDateTime.Now;
  currentTime := aqDateTime.Time;
  currentDate := aqDateTime.Today;

  Log.Message(currentDateAndTime);
  Log.Message(currentTime);
  Log.Message(currentDate);

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentTime));
  // 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentTime

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentDateAndTime, currentDate));
  // 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentDate

  Log.Message(aqDateTime.Compare(currentTime, currentDate));
  // -1, because currentTime is earlier then currentDate
end;

C++Script, C#Script

function ComparingDates()
{
  var currentDateAndTime = aqDateTime["Now"]();
  var currentTime = aqDateTime["Time"]();
  var currentDate = aqDateTime["Today"]();

  Log["Message"](currentDateAndTime);
  Log["Message"](currentTime);
  Log["Message"](currentDate);

  Log["Message"](aqDateTime["Compare"](currentDateAndTime, currentTime));
  // 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentTime

  Log["Message"](aqDateTime["Compare"](currentDateAndTime, currentDate));
  // 1, because currentDateAndTime is later then currentDate

  Log["Message"](aqDateTime["Compare"](currentTime, currentDate));
  // -1, because currentTime is earlier then currentDate
}

See Also

Working With Dates
Working With Time
aqDateTime.Today Method
aqDateTime.Time Method

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