Time for Unix?
By Tim Dexter on Sep 19, 2007
More on dates and we're getting a little weird here. Now, Im not sure how widespread the use of UnixTime is in reports but a colleague, Vinod, asked how Publisher could handle unixtime and format it into a readable date.
For those of you that dont know about it, its the number of seconds (not including leap seconds) since midnight UTC January 1st, 1970. I have to admit I have not seen unixtime outside the context of an OS and definitely not used in a report for a date - but hey, it's a requirement.
However, Vinod managed to work it all out based on a blog entry from a while ago on data calculations - 'A Date Addition' heres how he did it.
1183100412 in unix time is actually 29 Jun 2007 in real money ... to get this into your output you would use.
<?xdoxslt:ora_format_date_offset('1970-01-01', MOD_T div 86400, ?+?)?> where MOD_T is the element holding the UNIX time value.
The 86400 gets your seconds to days et voila and that ladies and gentlefolk is unixtime ... done!