Re: Every tried to write a free text to date converter?
I'm just a hobbyist coder (which I suspect will be obvious), but not finding what I wanted from the commercial options, I wrote my wife's law firm's client management program back in 2000 using vbscript and ASP. I eventually saw the light and rewrote it in PHP under LAMP in 2007
So much not to like. The best way for generic conversion of text forms of dates and times always uses regexes: use some heuristics to detect the pattern use and apply it. The relevant patterns exist for almost every language.