UTCNow component retrieves the current date and time on the computer, expressed as the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
UTCNow component exposes the Control In, Control Out and Data In 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 and time on the computer, expressed as the UTC (DateTime).|
To edit the properties of the
UtcNow 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 retrieve the current date:
- In the Toolbox, expand
Utilitiesand then expand
- Drag the
UtcNowcomponent 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
Toolbox, expand 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
The messagebox displays the current date as UTC.