The date format helper utility is now a bit easier to use in most cases. A new drop-down list allows you to quickly select common date/time formats.
The drag and drop interface for building custom formats is still present on another tab - so you can still use this to easily get the format string for a custom date format.
The Date format helper utility now has support for Java using the
As with the existing support for PHP and MySQL date formatting functions this displays the formatting pattern to use for a given date/time style as well as a code example to demonstrate how to use it.
The new URI parameter inspector gives you a list of all of the parameters in a provided URI, decoding the values as necessary. For example, if you provide the following input:
http://www.example.com?value1=123&value2=456 - the utility shows the two query parameters like this:
Not very useful when you only have a small number of parameters but when you have many and some of the values are encoded it allows you find and check a particular value very easily.
As well as showing normal query parameters, this utility can also list parameters that are present in the fragment section of the URI. For example, with the following input:
http://www.example.com?value1=123&value2=456#fragparam1=test1&fragparam2=test2 - the utility shows two separate lists for each type of parameter like so:
After a rather long break ABunchOfUtils is back with a site refresh.
As well as an updated interface a lot has changed behind the scenes that will allow for more frequent updates in the future.
Throughout the course of 2013 there will be new utilities added and enhancements made to existing ones.
At least, that's the plan...!
Another new util - this one helps you build date format strings. The new Date format helper produces format strings suitable for the PHP "date" function and the MySQL "DATE_FORMAT" function.
It works by allowing you to provide a sample date in the format you require which is then used to generate a format string that will format all input dates in the same manner. The format string and a short code sample is shown in the result.