time

A Dart function to get the current date/time in a “seconds since the epoch” format

As a brief note, if you need a Dart function to get the current date/time in a “seconds since the epoch” format, I can confirm that this function works:

/// the current time, in “seconds since the epoch”
static int currentTimeInSeconds() {
    var ms = (new DateTime.now()).millisecondsSinceEpoch;
    return (ms / 1000).round();
}

Now will never come again

“Seize the time. Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”

~ Jean-Luc Picard

An example of a Flutter RadioListTile in a ListView

Here’s a little example of a Flutter time preferences widget, something I’ll be using in the new version of my Just Be app. Probably most important thing about this source code is that it shows an example of how to use the Flutter RadioListTile:

Using a SQLite date/time field with Flutter and Dart

As a brief note, SQLite doesn’t have date/time (datetime) fields, so when you want to use a datetime field with Flutter (and Dart), you have to do something else.

My choice was to store my datetime data as a SQLite INTEGER field. I did this so I can query and sort that field easily myself. (The benefit of storing a datetime field as a TEXT field is that you can read it easier, but I think an INTEGER field is a little easier to work with, though YMMV.)

An initial thought when taking the time to create a new app or utility

Sometimes when I embark on little projects like my Scala file-find command, I think, “This is a waste of time, the existing tools are good enough.” But then, if I’m motivated enough — if I really want something — I think, “But I can use this better tool for the rest of my life...”

I just released the file-find command four days ago, and I use it almost every day while learning Flutter and Dart, so I think it’s going to be well worth it.

Linux/Unix: How to copy a directory and save the date/time file information

If you need to copy a directory on Unix/Linux and want to preserve the date/time information while copying the directory and files, use the -p option to save the date/time information, and the -r option to copy the directory properly. For instance, I just used this cp command to copy a directory named OldDir to a new directory named NewDir, while retaining all of the date/time file information:

A Scala method to run any block of code slowly

The book, Advanced Scala with Cats, has a nice little function you can use to run a block of code “slowly”:

def slowly[A](body: => A) = try body finally Thread.sleep(100)

I’d never seen a try/finally block written like that (without a catch clause), so it was something new for the brain.

In the book they run a factorial method slowly, like this:

slowly(factorial(n - 1).map(_ * n))

FWIW, you can modify slowly to pass in the length of time to sleep, like this:

def slowly[A](body: => A, sleepTime: Long) = try body finally Thread.sleep(sleepTime)