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JavaScript parse() Method: Date Object

Description

The parse() method takes a date string (such as "Jan 21, 1987") and returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00, local time.

Version

Implemented in JavaScript 1.3

Syntax

Date.parse(stringDate) 

Parameter

stringDate: A string representing a date.

Example:

In the following web document parse() method converts the string representation of the date "Mon, 12 May 1989 11:33:19" to milliseconds.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>JavaScript date object - Date.parse() method example</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1 style="color: red">JavaScript date object : Date.parse() method</h1>
<hr />
<script type="text/javascript">
//This is done to make the following JavaScript code compatible to XHTML. <![CDATA[
document.write("The milliseconds of the string  'Mon, 12 May 1989 11:33:19 ' is : "+ 
Date.parse("Mon, 12 May 1989 11:33:19"))
//]]>
</script>
</body>
</html>

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Supported Browser

Internet Explorer 7 Firefox 3.6 Google Chrome 7 Safari 5.0.1 Opera 10
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See also:

JavaScript Core objects, methods, properties.

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