Time() function

Case number:699969-990580
Topic:General
Opened by:ptfreed
Status:Closed
Type:Suggestion
Opened on:Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 15:16
Last modified:Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 22:45

An easy one: Can we have access to the a time function (e.g. seconds since epoch, or some such)? Primary use case: It would allow scripts to display elapsed time and (sometimes) estimated time of completion. It could also be used to self-tune scripts that find they are spending too much time in algorithm X without much gain.

It would also allow scripters to break scripts up into units that are more human-centric -- though not necessarily the most meaningful in terms of the proteins. Might be especially handy in the end-game: "Do this for two hours, then that for 4 hours...."

Add-ons that would make it even more useful:
1) The ability to format a date/time string for output
2) The ability to read the "end-of-puzzle" time, so scripts can "tune themselves" to it automatically.

Thanks.

(Tue, 09/27/2011 - 15:16  |  2 comments)


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An implementation thought. Time could be delivered in seconds, but as a decimal number instead of an integer. That way folks who want a simple measure of elapsed time can get it -- but folks who want microsecond accuracy (and you just *know* that someone out there is going to request this) can have what they want, too.

Joined: 06/17/2010
Status: Open » Closed

Done in LUA V2.
Closing.

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