Current date
How do you get the moment your script has started to run?
The runtime system of Ampersand contains a function that produces the current date. Here is an example how to use it:
CONTEXT CurrentDate
RELATION sessionToday[SESSION*Date] -- or whatever the DateTime concept is called
ROLE ExecEngine MAINTAINS "Initialize today's date"
RULE "Initialize today's date": I[SESSION] |- sessionToday;sessionToday~
VIOLATION (TXT "{EX} SetToday;sessionToday;SESSION;", SRC I, TXT ";Date")
INTERFACE Overview : "_SESSION" cRud
BOX [ date : sessionToday cRuD ]
If you run this program, this is what you'll see


The rule "Initialize today's date" tells us that there must be a date for every session. When your session starts, there is a session atom: _SESSION. The relation sessionToday does not relate that session atom to a date, so the rule is violated. As a consequence, the ExecEngine triggers the violation and calls the function SetToday. That PHP-function creates the desired link in the relation sessionToday. That is then displayed in the user screen.
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