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@bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words

2.0.0 • Public • Published

Time Ago In Words

Localizable relative time resolver

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This library lets you easily convert a JavaScript Date object to a relative time span description. For example, let's say the current date and time is January 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM, then January 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM would resolve to: in 9 days. More general examples:

Date/Time Relative Description
January 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM) 2 years ago
November 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM) 2 months ago
December 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM) 2 days ago
January 1, 2018 4:00:00 AM) 8 hours ago
January 1, 2018 11:00:00 AM) 1 hour ago
January 1, 2018 11:50:00 AM) 10 minutes ago
January 1, 2018 11:58:00 AM) 2 minutes ago
January 1, 2018 11:59:01 AM) a minute ago
January 1, 2018 12:00:01 PM) in a minute
January 1, 2018 12:02:00 PM) in 2 minutes
January 1, 2018 12:10:00 PM) in 10 minutes
January 1, 2018 1:00:00 PM) in 1 hour
January 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM) in 8 hours
January 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM) in 2 days
April 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM) in 2 months
January 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM) in 2 years

Another important feature of this library is its ability to localize any of the relative expressions. See examples below for more information.

Credit

Rail's time_ago_in_words along with (this gist)[https://gist.github.com/boxnos/5896114] helped inspire this library's API and internal implementation.

Installation

This library could be consumed as either a pure TypeScript library or as its trans-compiled ES2015 JavaScript counterpart.

To install through NPM:

npm install --save @bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words

To install through Yarn:

yarn add @bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words

Examples

A Basic Example

Suppose you just want to get the relative time between a Date and now (in our case lets use January 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM):

import { timeAgoInWords } from '@bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words';

let from = new Date(2017, 11, 31, 23); # December 31, 2017 11:00:00 PM

let value = timeAgoInWords(from); # "13 hours ago"

It also works for future times as well:

let from = new Date(2020, 0, 1, 12); # January 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

let value = timeAgoInWords(from); # "in 2 years"

Explicit Time Span Example

You can also pass in each part of the time span (from and to). Using the above examples, respectively, would become:

let from = new Date(2017, 11, 31, 23); # December 31, 2017 11:00:00 PM
let to = new Date(2018, 0, 1, 12); # January 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

let value = timeAgoInWords(from, to); # "13 hours ago"
let from = new Date(2020, 0, 1, 12); # January 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM
let to = new Date(2018, 0, 1, 12); # January 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

let value = timeAgoInWords(from, to); # "in 2 years"

Custom Localization Example

It is also possible to define custom translations. For all possible translations, see baseTranslations assignment within the file: ./lib/i18n.ts.

Based on our previous examples, let's say we wanted to localize the following phrases:

  • "%s hours ago" => "hace %s horas"
  • "in %s years" => "en %s años"

Based on our initial examples, respectively, we can achieve this like so:

import { timeAgoSet } from '@bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words';

timeAgoSet({ '%s hours ago': 'hace %s horas' });

let from = new Date(2017, 11, 31, 23); # December 31, 2017 11:00:00 PM

let value = timeAgoInWords(from); # "hace 13 horas"
import { timeAgoSet } from '@bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words';

timeAgoSet({ 'in %s years': 'en %s años' });

let from = new Date(2020, 0, 1, 12); # January 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

let value = timeAgoInWords(from); # "en 2 años"

If you wish to revert back to default translations:

import { timeAgoReset } from '@bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words';

timeAgoReset();

Contributing

Development Environment Configuration

Basic steps to take to get this repository compiling:

  1. Install Node.js (check package.json for versions supported.)
  2. Install Yarn package manager (npm install -g yarn)
  3. Clone the repository (git clone git@github.com:bluemarblepayroll/time-ago-in-words.git)
  4. Navigate to the root folder (cd time-ago-in-words)
  5. Install dependencies (yarn)

Compiling

To compile the TypeScript source down to native JavaScript, run:

yarn run build

Running Tests

To execute the test suite run:

yarn run test

Linting

yarn run lint

Publishing

Note: ensure you have proper authorization before trying to publish new versions.

After code changes have successfully gone through the Pull Request review process then the following steps should be followed for publishing new versions:

  1. Merge Pull Request into master
  2. Update package.json version number
  3. Update CHANGELOG.md
  4. Push master to remote and ensure CI builds master successfully
  5. Build the project locally: yarn run build
  6. Perform a dry run: npm publish --access public --dry-run. Inspect packaging, ensure all files (including dist) are included.
  7. Publish package to NPM: npm publish --access public
  8. Tag master with new version: git tag <version>
  9. Push tags remotely: git push origin --tags

License

This project is MIT Licensed.

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