I used to skim the world service RSS feed twice a week. That is not enough to even skim all the news. I ended up overwhelmed by the InformationOverload and dropped the feed. :




ehe news from 1905? Y2K bug in 2005?

– PierreGaston 2005-04-26 09:05 UTC

Hehehe, I didn’t even notice! In the RSS 2.0 feed I found:

Tue, 26 Apr 05 07:44:29 GMT<pubDate>

I must check whether this is valid... It says: “All date-times in RSS conform to the Date and Time Specification of RFC 822, with the exception that the year may be expressed with two characters or four characters (four preferred).” [1] But which century would that be in – do you think RFC 822 will help us? It was written August 13, 1982. This is what it says:

 date        =  1*2DIGIT month 2DIGIT        ; day month year
                                             ;  e.g. 20 Jun 82

I think using two digits is bad engineering. Now I have to fiddle with some stupid heuristics... Here is what I currently have:

my $date = $i→dc}->{date};) ; my %mon = (Jan⇒1, Feb⇒2, Mar⇒3, Apr⇒4, May⇒5, Jun⇒6, Jul⇒7, Aug⇒8, Sep⇒9, Oct⇒10, Nov⇒11, Dec⇒12); $date =~ s/^(?:[A-Z][a-z][a-z], )?(\d\d?) ([A-Z][a-z][a-z]) (\d\d(?:\d\d)?) # pubDate uses RFC 822 sprintf(’%04d-%02d-%02d’, ($3 < 100 ? 1900 + $3 : $3), $mon$2},

Maybe I should use:

sprintf(’%04d-%02d-%02d’, ($3 < 60 ? 2000 + $3 : ($3 < 100 ? 1900 + $3 : $3)), $mon{$2}, $1)e;


AlexSchroeder 2005-04-26 09:28 UTC

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