Dynamic Dates

Have you ever needed to pass a future date as part of the request inside of a test? Perhaps as a check-in or check-out date? You could enter it as static value, but that means you would have to periodically update the date as time went on.

Creating a dynamic date in API Fortress is a simple solution for this sort of situation.

Here's the procedure:

  1. First, open the Composer and add a Set (variable)

  2. Then, enter the variable name and leave the mode as _String

  3. Lastly, enter the following string in the Value field:

    ${D.format(D.plusDays(D.nowMillis(),35), 'yyyy-MM-dd')}

    Let's analyse what this string means:

    • D.nowMillis(): returns the current Unix epoch in milliseconds
    • D.plusDays(): returns the provided milliseconds, plus the provided number of days (in our example, we have added 35 days to today's date)
    • D.format(): creates a timestamp with the given format, using the current timezone (in our example yyyy-MM-dd)

    As result, you will have something like 2018-05-15

You can obtain a past date, starting from today's date with the following string:

${D.format(D.minusDays(D.nowMillis(),35), 'yyyy-MM-dd')}

You can also create a date based on a specified timezone:

${D.format(D.plusDays(D.nowMillis(),35), 'yyyy-MM-dd','America/New_York')}

The above string create the same date as our first example using New York (EST) as the timezone.

For more details about you can check our reference page

Last updated on by James Tacker