Convert Dates.jsl creates a data table, specifies the data input format, changes the column to a numeric continuous column, and applies the m/d/y format (Figure 16.1).
// Create a data table with character dates.
dt = New Table( "Example",
	Add Rows( 3 ),
	New Column( "Dates",
		Set Values( {"25/01/2010", "30/09/2009", "15/12/2013"} )
// Display a modal dialog for the user to confirm the format conversion.
nw = New Window( "Date Conversion",
	tb = Text Box(
		"Notice the d/m/y format of the character dates.
Click OK to convert the column to a numeric column and apply the m/d/y format."
/* Apply the Numeric data type.
Specify the Informat (input format) value "d/m/y".
Specify the Format (display format) value "m/d/y".
Apply the Continuous modeling type */
col = Column( dt, "Dates" );
col << Data Type( "Numeric", Informat( "d/m/y" ), Format( "m/d/y" ) );
col << Modeling Type( "Continuous" );
// Display the data table in front of the script.
dt << Data Table Window();
Figure 16.1 Converting Character Dates (Before and After)
When you change the column’s data type from character to numeric, defining the format in which the data were entered is important. In this example, Informat( "d/m/y" ) defines the input format. Format( "m/d/y" ) defines the new display format. If Informat() is omitted, the Format() value is applied as both the input and display format. This results in missing values for some data.
Modify Convert Dates.jsl to see for yourself.
Open Convert Dates.jsl from the sample scripts folder.
On line 27, delete Informat( "d/m/y" ), (including the comma).
Format( "m/d/y" ) is applied to the column. Only "01/25/2010" appears in the column. The other values are missing; "30/09/2009" and "15/12/2013" are not valid m/d/y values.

Help created on 7/12/2018