Now component retrieves the current date and time on the computer, expressed as the local time.
Now component exposes the Control In, Control Out, and Data Out ports by default.
|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).|
To edit the properties of the
Now component, in the
Properties window, change the required property. You can edit the following properties.
|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.|
Let us consider an example.
To check the current date and time on the computer:
- In the Toolbox, expand
Utilitiesand then expand
- Drag the
Nowcomponent and drop it on the Design surface.
- To enable display of the returned value, you can add a MessageBox component to the activity.
To add the MessageBox component:
- In the
- Expand the
MessageBoxcomponent, drag the
Showcomponent and drop it on the Design surface.
- In the
- Connect the control ports and data ports in the activity.
In the toolbar, click Run.
The messagebox displays the current date and time.