Extracting date and time from text using Ruby

We want to extract a date and time of the format YYYY-MM-DD MM:SS from a body of text using Ruby.

This is extremely easy in ruby, and other languages that features regular expressions.

require "Date"

text = "Some text containing a date and a time, for instance 2010-03-19 17:25."

if text =~ /(\d{4})-(\d{2})-(\d{2}) (\d{2}):(\d{2})/
  dt = DateTime.new($1.to_i, $2.to_i, $3.to_i, $4.to_i, $5.to_i)

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Comment by prince
2010-12-28 06:05:00

you can also use DateTime.strptime(“2010-03-19 17:25”, “%Y-%m-%d %M:%S”)

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