Representing Date/Times as Strings for Non-Human Consumption

If you ever have the need to represent a date/time (or part of a date/time) as a string for programmatic rather than human consumption (e.g. you are defining a save file format or a network protocol), please use ISO 8601 unless you have a very strong reason not to.

For more information, please read what the W3C has to say about ISO 8601 style date and time formats.

About Steven Engelhardt, CFA, AIF
Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at DePaul University • Software Engineering, Data & Analytics in FinTech • Lives in Chicago, IL

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