Now is a command-line application that outputs the current date and/or time according to a given (.NET) format.
The output is always a single line, so it can easily be used in batch scripts. Now is also a handy tool to learn to use .NET's way of formatting dates and times. The culture can also be set.

When Now is invoked without arguments, it outputs several examples of (combinations of) formats and cultures:

Usage: now [format] <culture>

Now 1.0. Copyright (c) 2008 Richard Hubers

  now D en-US                        Monday, December 01, 2008
  now D en-GB                        01 December 2008
  now D nl-NL                        maandag 1 december 2008
  now d                              12/1/2008
  now dd                             01
  now dddd                           Monday
  now F                              Monday, December 01, 2008 8:40:59 PM
  now M                              December 01
  now MM                             12
  now MMMM                           December
  now r                              Mon, 01 Dec 2008 20:40:59 GMT
  now T                              8:40:59 PM
  now u                              2008-12-01 20:40:59Z
  now U                              Monday, December 01, 2008 7:40:59 PM
  now H:mm:ss.fff                    20:40:59.292
  now "yyyy-MM-dd (HH:mm:ss)"        2008-12-01 (20:40:59)

When invoked with 1 argument, the argument is used as the format; with 2 arguments given, the second argument is considered a culture, e.g. 'en-US' or 'nl-NL'.

With normal output, 0 is returned as the exit code for the application. When an error is encountered 1 is returned, while -1 is returned when Now is invoked without arguments.

Last edited Dec 1, 2008 at 6:44 PM by richardhubers, version 3