[LEAPSECS] DNS examples

G Ashton ashtongj at comcast.net
Fri Jan 23 12:09:45 EST 2015

Clive D. W. Feather wrote, with respect to conversion between JDN and
Gregorian calendar date,

> >So in order to calculate the
>> actual date where the drift adjustment occurs you have to face a very 
> >elaborate conversion.

>No, you need to use a library that's already been written to do the job.
>Takes 10 seconds or so.

To make people comfortable with your work, you need to state the earliest
and latest date
For which your code works correctly. If your organization is strict, you
might even be required
to test inputs to be sure they are in the domain of the function. I have
found that many
published algorithms fail to state the earliest and latest date for which
they work. Finding out
will require much more than 10 seconds.

Of course the code has to be tested. A list of known-good conversions should
be easy
to find for contemporary dates. Although not needed for the purpose of leap
does anyone know a known-good conversion list that includes ancient dates
and dates
far in the future?

Gerard Ashton

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