How to check what day of the week it is (i.e. Tues, Fri?) and compare two NSDates?

I’m looking two do two things:

  1. Check if a week has gone by (based on the day of the week)
  2. Check if a day has gone by (based on the date)

I’m not sure what the best way to solve this is, since when comparing two NSDates (one at 1/1/09 at 21:30 and another at 1/2/09 at 00:30) I can’t just see if 24 hours has gone by since in this case it hasn’t. I can solve this by just getting the date 1/1/09 from the NSDate, but I’m unsure how to do this based on the documentation and google links that I saw.

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  • For the other issue, I don’t know how to know what day of the week it is given a date. I’d like to if 1/1/09 is a Tuesday, Monday, etc… Is there any library that let’s you calculate this? This obviously needs to take into account leap years and a tons of other stuff… Maybe there’s an objective-c library for this?

    Thanks for any help!

    2 Solutions Collect From Internet About “How to check what day of the week it is (i.e. Tues, Fri?) and compare two NSDates?”

    You can use NSDateComponents for this:

    unsigned units = NSYearCalendarUnit | NSMonthCalendarUnit |  NSDayCalendarUnit;
    NSCalendar *gregorian = [[NSCalendar alloc] initWithCalendarIdentifier:NSGregorianCalendar];
    NSDateComponents *components = [gregorian components:units fromDate:date];

    then you can access individual parts of the date like this:

    [components year];
    [components month];
    [components day];

    Or, you can construct a new NSDate object using NSCalendar‘s dateFromComponents method, and compare the two NSDate objects.

    You can use components:fromData: message of the NSCalendar class to get the individual date components:

    // Sunday = 1, Saturday = 7
    int weekday = [[[NSCalendar currentCalendar] components:NSWeekdayCalendarUnit fromDate:theDate] weekday];

    To compare two dates, just use the compare: message:

    switch([date1 compare:date2])
    case NSOrderedSame:       /* they are the same date */ break;
    case NSOrderedAscending:  /* date1 precedes date2 */ break;
    case NSOrderedDescending: /* date2 precedes date1 */ break;