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A reader extension providing SRFI-19 date/time literals of the form #@2007-12-31T23:59:59Z.
Loading date-literals also loads srfi-19 and allows using date/time literals as follows:
#;1> (use date-literals) #;2> (current-date) #@2007-03-26T09:55:54Z #;3> #@2007-12-31T23:59:59Z #@2007-12-31T23:59:59Z #;4> ,d #@2007-12-31 structure of type `date' ... #;5> ,x #@2007-12-31 (make-date 0 0 0 0 31 12 2007 7200)
Passing a -X date-literals command-line option to csc allows you to conveniently make use of date/time literals in your egg or compiled program without making the date-literals egg a runtime dependency.
This egg installs a reader extension for #\@ that reads a date/time literal as described below in read-date-literal. Additionally, a record printer is installed so that all SRFI-19 date objects are automatically printed using write-date-literal.
Note that there are some caveats to using reader extensions when compiling; for more details, refer to the relevant FAQ entry.
[procedure] (read-date-literal [PORT])
Reads a date/time literal from PORT, which defaults to the value of (current-input-port). The literal is converted to an SRFI-19 date using the first matching format template as follows:
[procedure] (write-date-literal DATE [PORT])
Writes the SRFI-19 date object DATE in #@~Y-~m-~dT~H:~M:~S~z format to PORT, which defaults to the value of (current-output-port).
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