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Testing date dependent calculations and scripts

Question asked by paul_tuckey on Apr 25, 2017
Latest reply on Apr 28, 2017 by beverly

Hi.

Can anyone suggest an alternative to changing the OS Date and Time settings when it comes to testing and development of date dependent scripts and calculations. Whilst changing the system clock does the trick, iCloud, Backblaze and other date dependent apps immediately start to complain so its not ideal.

 

I am in the middle of a development where I need to see the behaviour of various contract based records at various points before and after their expiry and renewal dates. These could be anything between 3 to 10 years ahead. A quick Google search suggest solutions like Timesimulator and Time Machine which apparently intercept your file system’s date and time calls. I believe some solutions enable virtual accelerated time travel where a year for example can be compressed into a day.

 

Do others have experiences of such development tools and if so, are they applicable to FileMaker. Or are options such as virtual machines more appropriate?

 

Any insight most welcome.

 

Many thanks

 

Paul

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