walltime-js

A javascript library for easily translating a UTC time to a "Wall Time" for a particular time zone and back.

walltime-js

Walltime-js is a JavaScript library for easily translating a UTC time to a "Wall Time" for a particular time zone.

Dates in JavaScript do not properly account for daylight savings time for regions other than your own browser configured time zone.

For example:

  • Your API sends UTC times in JSON but you need to display them for Chicago time zone to a user viewing your page in Los Angeles.
  • What was the local time in Chicago when the first humans landed on the Moon?

Here is an example unit test showing how to use the WallTime API to get the local time in Chicago for the Moon landing.

<script src="/path/to/walltime-data.js"></script>
<script src="/path/to/walltime.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    it("can convert first moon landing time", function () {
        // Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, 
        // Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. 
        var landingTime = Date.UTC(1969, 6, 20, 20, 18, 0, 0),
            chicagoLandingTime = WallTime.UTCToWallTime(landingTime, "America/Chicago");
        
        chicagoLandingTime.getFullYear().should.equal(1969);
        chicagoLandingTime.getMonth().should.equal(6);
        chicagoLandingTime.getDate().should.equal(20);
        chicagoLandingTime.getHours().should.equal(15);
        chicagoLandingTime.getMinutes().should.equal(18);
    });
</script> 
<script type="text/javascript" src="require.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="path/to/walltime-data.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    require.config({
      paths: {
        walltime: 'path/to/walltime'
      }
    });
 
    define(['walltime'], function(WallTime){
      var someUTCDate = new Date(),
          chicagoWallTime = WallTime.UTCToWallTime(someUTCDate, "America/Chicago");
    });
</script> 

To limit the size of WallTime.js, you should only use the data for the time zone files you need.

By default, walltime-data.js contains northamerica, europe and australasia, which encompass most of the world, but is 479k (minified). By narrowing it down to just northamerica, you could save 300k. Adding gzip compression could get you down as low as 16k.

To get the latest Olson files

git submodule init && git submodule update

To build all the data for all the time zone files

grunt data

To build data for northamerica only

grunt data --filename=northamerica

To build data for northamerica and europe

grunt data --filename=northamerica,europe

To build data for America/Chicago only

grunt data --filename=northamerica --zonename=America/Chicago

To build individual data files for each time zone

grunt individual

# Optionally, pass a format parameter for naming
grunt individual --format "walltime-data_%s" # Becomes `walltime-data_America-Chicago.min.js`

By default the files are saved to ./client/walltime.js etc.

This project uses Node.js and Grunt.

To get setup

# Clone the repo
git clone https://github.com/sproutsocial/walltime-js.git && cd walltime-js
# Install the dependencies
npm install

To run tests and lint source code

grunt test

To make new tests, create a new spec coffee file in the test directory.

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