Ejay Ejay - 2 months ago 12x
Javascript Question

Using jquery with expiry dates

Can I please get any help finishing this code I did for my website. I'm using jquery and what this code does is its checking the recert date (expiry date) of an application first before a customer can re-apply again, so basically they can only re-apply within 4 weeks of their current application expiry date.

e.g. if a person application expires Aug 31 2016 that means they can only re-apply from Aug 3 2016 to Aug 31 2016 with 4 weeks to be exact. An application last for 3 years.

I provided my code and its working but I don't know if this is the right conditions and all it does is just hide the apply button if expiry date is still not up.


var current = new Date();
var expiry = new Date($("#mcs_nextrecertdate").val());

if(current.getTime() > expiry.getTime()){
else {

EDIT: Im testing the codes I receive from the answers based on these dates first can re-apply with 27 august 2016 and the second is a date that can't re-apply yet 20 July 2019

Leo Leo

Given your question and explanation of your problem, I'd like to point out a few observations I've made

1. Date validation

var expiry = new Date($("#mcs_nextrecertdate").val());

Whatever #mcs_nextrecertdate is, I'll assume you've already made sure that this "input" element's value is correctly formatted. Otherwise you'll get a JS script error and the whole thing will break

2. Incorrect logic

Based on your explanation, a user can only re-certify WITHIN 4 weeks of the current application's expiry date. I'll assume that #NextButton is a submit button that triggers the new application. Based on that, this expression is wrong...

if(current.getTime() > expiry.getTime()){...}

because you're telling your app to allow users to apply for a certification AFTER the current application has expired, NOT WITHIN 4 weeks after expiration, in other words, users can ONLY re-apply after they're application expired...not before.

3. Server validation

This is just an assumption. I'll also assume this "client-side logic" is just to offer a good user experience of your app and that you are running proper server-side validation otherwise advanced users like me can easily bypass client-side validation, cheat/hack these "constraints" and even bring your application data to an inconsistent state.

Correct Logic

In order to make sure users can re-apply within 4 weeks prior to the current expiry date you need to do the following...

var now = new Date();
var expiry = new Date($("#mcs_nextrecertdate").val());//assuming this has a valid date
var startValidAppDate = new Date($("#mcs_nextrecertdate").val());

//set valid application dates
startValidAppDate.setTime(expiry.getTime() - (7 * 4 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));//4 weeks to milliseconds

if(now < expiry && now > startValidAppDate){
     //ok to apply

Again, ALWAYS make sure you have strong validation on the server. Here's a working snipper...

                format: "YYYY-MM-DD"
          var now = new Date();
          var expiry = new Date($("#txtExpiryDate").val());
          var startValidAppDate = new Date($("#txtExpiryDate").val());

          //set valid application dates
          startValidAppDate.setTime(expiry.getTime() - (7 * 4 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));//4 weeks to milliseconds

          if(now < expiry && now > startValidAppDate){

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<form class="center-block">
   <div class="info bg-success">You're good to re-certify</div>
   <div class="info bg-error">You can't certify right now</div>
   <div class="form-group">
            <label for="txtExpiryDate">Expiry Date</label>
            <div class='input-group date' id='txtExpiryDateParent'>
                <input id="txtExpiryDate" type='text' name="ExpiryDate" class="form-control" 
                       placeholder="Expiry date..."  />
                <span class="input-group-addon">
                    <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-calendar"></span>
  <a class="btn btn-default" href="javascript:void(0)">Validate</a>