Datetime comparison help

(Neil) #1

I have a DateTime item named LastVacuumDate with a saved value via jdbc persistence. I want to see if the time now is more than 24 hours after LastVacuumDate.

The rule would be something like below, but I can’t find any examples or work out the right syntax. Is anyone able to give me some pointers please?

rule "vacuum_walkies"
    Time cron "0 */20 * * * ?"
  var DateTime TimeNow = now

   if (LastVacuumDate.state.plusHours(24) < TimeNow) {
	// more than 24 hours has passed, so do the vacuuming again
	VacuumMsg.postUpdate("the vacuum is going walkies...")
	// blah blah blah....

(I want to do it in that way, because depending on some extra conditions [still to be added] the vacuum might wait for 48 hours instead of 24 hours)

(Rich Koshak) #2

So why not trigger the rule based on changes in those other conditions?

You need to cast the state to a DateTimeType and use the methods on now or the DateTimeType to do the comparison.


(Neil) #3

Thanks. That was exactly the sort of documentation I was looking for, but couldn’t find.

(Rich Koshak) #4

It is in work and that article will be added to the docs shortly.