Now

The Now component retrieves the current date and time on the computer, expressed as the local time.

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Ports

The Now component exposes the Control In, Control Out, and Data Out ports by default.

Port Description
ControlIn Must be connected to the Control Out port of one or more components.
ControlOut Can be connected to the Control In port of another component or the default end component.
Data Out Returns the current date—in the format MM/dd/yyyy—and the time (hh:mm:ss).

Properties

To edit the properties of the Now component, in the Properties window, change the required property. You can edit the following properties.

Property Description
Search Search for the respective property.
Delay After Execution Specifies the wait time (in seconds) after the action is performed.
Delay Before Execution Specifies the wait time (in seconds) before the action is performed.

Example

Let us consider an example.

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To check the current date and time on the computer:

  1. In the Toolbox, expand Utilities and then expand DateTime.
  2. Drag the Now component and drop it on the Design surface.

  3. To enable display of the returned value, you can add a MessageBox component to the activity.
    To add the MessageBox component:
    • In the Toolbox, expand General.
    • Expand the MessageBox component, drag the Show component and drop it on the Design surface.
  4. Connect the control ports and data ports in the activity.
  5. In the toolbar, click Run.
    The messagebox displays the current date and time.

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