Scheduling Recurring Events With Ice Cube Gem

Ice_cube is a ruby library for effectively taking care of repeated events (schedules). The force lies in the ability to indicate multiple rules, and have ice_cube rapidly make sense of whether the schedule falls on a specific date (.occurs_on?), or what times it happens at (.occurrences, .first, .all_occurrences). How to get ice cube For install use the below syntax gem install if you want to get the code
gem clone git://
For creating icecube schedule
schedule = if we want to speciy startdate and enddate we have option to specify in the above mentioned schedule schedule = =, :end_time => start + 600)
Daily schedules After creating schedule we have an option to add recurrence rule for the above mentioned schedule consider “schedule every day” on above mentioned time
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.daily
consider the same schedule with repeat “n” number of days
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.daily(repeat_every_n_days)
in place of repeat_every_n_days you have option to specify the number of days Weekly schedules Recurring rule to generate weekly schedule
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.weekly
recurring rule to add repeat n number of weeks with the same schedule
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.weekly(repeat_every_n_weeks)
Consider an example repeat the schedule on only week days (monday to friday)
schedule.add_recurrence_rule, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Every other week on monday and tuesday
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.weekly(2).day(:monday, :tuesday) or you can mention as
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.weekly(2).day(:monday, :tuesday)
Monthly schedules repeat the same schedule on every month
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.montly
Monthly schedules(by day of Month) every month on the first and last days of the month
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.monthly.day_of_month(1, -1)
every other month on the 15th of the month
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.monthly(2).day_of_month(15)
Monthly (by day of Nth week) # every month on the first and last tuesdays of the month
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.monthly.day_of_week(:tuesday => [1, -1])
# every other month on the first monday and last tuesday
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.monthly(2).day_of_week(:monday => [1],:tuesday => [-1])
Yearly(by day of year) # every year on the 100th days from the beginning and end of the year
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.yearly.day_of_year(100, -100)
# every fourth year on new year’s eve
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.yearly(4).day_of_year(-1)
Yearly (by month of year) # every year on the same day as start_time but in january and february
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.yearly.month_of_year(:january, :februrary)
# every third year in march
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.yearly(3).month_of_year(:march)
# for programatic convenience (same as above)
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.yearly(3).month_of_year(3)
Hourly (by hour of day) # every hour on the same minute and second as start date
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.hourly
# every other hour, on mondays
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.hourly(2).day(:monday) Minutely (every N minutes)
# every 10 minutes
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.minutely(10)
# every hour and a half, on the last tuesday of the month
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.minutely(90).day_of_week(:tuesday => [-1])
Secondly (every N seconds) # every second
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.secondly
# every 15 seconds between 12:00 – 12:59
schedule.add_recurrence_rule IceCube::Rule.secondly(15).hour_of_day(12)
With ice_cube, you can specify exception times also Example Repeat Every day except tomorrow
schedule = = schedule.add_recurrence_rule(IceCube::Rule.daily) schedule.add_exception_time(now + list occurrences until end_time occurrences = schedule.occurrences(end_time)
# or the first (n) occurrences
# or the last (n) occurrences (if the schedule terminates)
Time Zones and ActiveSupport vs Standard Ruby Time Classes ice_cube works great without ActiveSupport but only supports the environment’s single “local” time zone (ENV[‘TZ’]) or UTC. To correctly support multiple time zones (especially for DST), you should require ‘active_support/time’. A schedule’s occurrences will be returned in the same class and time zone as the schedule’s start_time. Schedule start times are supported as:
  • Time.local (default when no time is specified)
  • Time.utc
  • ActiveSupport::TimeWithZone (with,, time.in_time_zone(tz))
  • DateTime (deprecated) and Date are converted to a Time.local
Persistence ice_cube implements its own hash-based .to_yaml, so you can quickly (and safely) serialize schedule objects in and out of your data store It also supports serialization to/from ICAL.
yaml = schedule.to_yaml IceCube::Schedule.from_yaml(yaml) hash = schedule.to_hash IceCube::Schedule.from_hash(hash) ical = schedule.to_ical IceCube::Schedule.from_ical(ical)
Using your words ice_cube can provide ical or string representations of individual rules, or the whole schedule.
rule = IceCube::Rule.daily(2).day_of_week(:tuesday => [1, -1], :wednesday => [2])
rule.to_ical # ‘FREQ=DAILY;INTERVAL=2;BYDAY=1TU,-1TU,2WE’
rule.to_s # ‘Every 2 days on the last and 1st Tuesdays and the 2nd Wednesday’
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