7 Replies Latest reply on Oct 19, 2010 4:18 PM by Dan Bracuk

    JSON Help

    Balance Level 1

      I'm using JQuery's Flot plug-in and I need to pass JSON datetime values in the form of timestamps.

      In looking at their examples they use timestamp values such as 1096581600000, 1107212400000, -357699600000, etc.

      When I run a query and do #SerializeJSON(dtVal)# I get "October, 18 2009 17:16:48", which isn't a JS friendly value.

      I thought the issue had to do with converting it to UTC, so I tried this: #evaluate(SerializeJSON(dtMonthYear)*1000)#

      But that generates this error:


      The value "October, 18 2009 17:18:37" cannot be converted to a number


      I'm out of ideas.


      Can someone shed some light?



        • 1. Re: JSON Help
          Dan Bracuk Level 5

          What do these timestamp values represent?  They look like they might be the number of second of milliseconds between the selected date and some constant date.    

          • 2. Re: JSON Help
            Balance Level 1



            Per http://people.iola.dk/olau/flot/API.txt


            The time series support in Flot is based on Javascript timestamps,
            i.e. everywhere a time value is expected or handed over, a Javascript
            timestamp number is used. This is a number, not a Date object. A
            Javascript timestamp is the number of milliseconds since January 1,
            1970 00:00:00 UTC. This is almost the same as Unix timestamps, except it's
            in milliseconds, so remember to multiply by 1000!



            • 3. Re: JSON Help
              cfjedimaster Level 3

              You could use this UDF to get the # of seconds since epoch (then

              multiply by 1k): http://www.cflib.org/udf/GetEpochTime

              • 4. Re: JSON Help
                Balance Level 1

                This #evaluate(GetEpochTime(createDate(2009,10,31))*1000)# returns this: 1.2569436E+012


                This #GetEpochTime(createDate(2009,10,31))# returns this: 1256943600


                The second one looks right, but it's not being multiplied by 1000, which needs to happen?


                Also, since this app will run on CF 6.1 I was planning on using CFJSON (http://www.epiphantastic.com/cfjson/index.php), since I can't use SerializeJSON()

                Has anyone used their CFC?



                • 5. Re: JSON Help
                  cfjedimaster Level 3

                  THe number may be too big for CF... try getting rid of the evaluate

                  though and just output it.


                  And I've used that cfjson CFC before. It works well.

                  • 6. Re: JSON Help
                    Balance Level 1

                    I got rid of evaluate() but I'm still getting 1.2569436E+012


                    Below is the code I'm using:


                    <cfset EpochDateTimeArray = ArrayNew(1)>


                    <cfoutput query="getData">


                    <cfset EpochDateTimeArray[getData.currentRow] = GetEpochTime(createDate(2009,10,31))*1000>





                    QueryAddColumn(getData, "EpochDateTime", EpochDateTimeArray);



                    I was going to use CFJSON to encode the "EpochDateTime" column and pass it to the Flot function.

                    I still have to figure out how to just pass EpochDateTime (instead of the entire dataset).

                    Does this seem right?


                    Thanks again

                    • 7. Re: JSON Help
                      Dan Bracuk Level 5

                      1.2569436E+012 is simply another way of displaying a really big number.  Use numberformat to make it more readable.  You should be able to pass either the number or the string to your javascript function.