Object Method Any.format
Formats a date/time string to a given output
Any.format([string mask,[string timezone]]):string
The arguments for this function are set. You can not use other arguments except the following ones.
Mask that has to be used for formatting.
the following characters are pattern letters (case sensitive) representing the components of a datetime string. All other characters are not interpreted
The following masks tell how to format the full date and time and cannot be combined with other masks:
The function also follows Java date time mask. For details, see the section Date and Time Patterns on this page.
The function follows Java date time mask.
For details, see the section Date and Time Patterns at the following URL: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/6/docs/api/java/text/SimpleDateFormat.html
A datetime object is independent of a specific timezone, it is only a offset in milliseconds from 1970-1-1 00.00:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
This means that the timezone only comes into play when you need specific information like hours in a day, minutes in a hour or which day it is since those calculations depend on the timezone.
For these calculations, a timezone must be specified in order to translate the date object to something else. If you do not provide the timezone in the function call, it will default to the timezone specified in the Railo Administrator (Settings/Regional), or the timezone specified for the current request using the function setTimezone.
You can find a list of all available timezones in the Railo administrator (Settings/Regional). Some examples of valid timezones:
- AGT (for time in Argentina)
- Europe/Zurich (for time in Zurich/Switzerland)
- HST (Hawaiian Standard Time in the USA)