I am relatively new to JavaScript and JQuery. I wanted a Datepicker that has the following functionality:

  1. Weekends are not selectable
  2. Non working days (bank holidays etc.) are not selectable
  3. The first selectable day must be x number of full working days in the future, taking into account bank holidays and weekends

I looked at few examples and came up with this (the date format is dd/mm):

$(function() {

  var holidays= [[3,1], [22,4], [25,4], [29,4], [2,5], [30,5], [29,8], [26,12], [27,12]];

  var workingDayOffset = 10, selectedDate = new Date();

  function nonWorkingDays(date) {
    for (var j = 0; j < holidays.length; j++) {
      if (date.getMonth() == holidays[j][1] - 1 && date.getDate() == holidays[j][0]) {
        return [false, ''];
  return [true, ''];

  function beforeCurrentDate(date) {  
   if(date.getDate() === selectedDate.getDate() && date.getMonth() === selectedDate.getMonth() && date.getFullYear() === selectedDate.getFullYear())
    return [true, ''];
   return [date < selectedDate,'']; 

  function nonAvailableDays(date) {
    var noWeekend = $.datepicker.noWeekends(date), before = beforeCurrentDate(date), holiday = nonWorkingDays(date);        
    return [noWeekend[0] && before[0] && holiday[0], ''];

  for(var i = 0; i < workingDayOffset; i++) {
    selectedDate.setDate(selectedDate.getDate() + 1);

    var dd = this.getDate(), mm = this.getMonth()+1, yyyy = this.getFullYear();
      dd = '0' + dd;
      mm = '0'+ mm;
  return String(dd + "\/" + mm + "\/" + yyyy);

  $( "#datepicker" ).val(selectedDate.formatDDMMYY());

  $( "#datepicker" ).datepicker({ beforeShowDay: nonAvailableDays, dateFormat: 'dd/mm/yy', showOn: 'button', buttonText: "select", defaultDate: selectedDate,gotoCurrent: true}) ;   

I am looking for a general critique of the code, but also there are a couple of things that I thought would be easier / cleaner:

  1. In beforeCurrentDate I wanted to do a check that the date was less than selectedDate, in terms of the whole date, not including the time component. Using date > selectedDate would return false even if the date component was the same, due to the time part. I thought about setting the time on the selected date, but then GMT offset came into play. It seemed to me that it should be easier, in the end I added a fudge that check just the date components for a match.

  2. I am not sure adding Date.prototype.formatDDMMYY is the right way to go. Again, this felt like it should be more straight forward.

I am interested to hear your thoughts on this.


1 Answer 1


for 1)

var today = new Date();
today.setTime(0); // resets the time. (midnight)

I believe this will fix the date comparison issue

for 2)

It just sucks that there isn't a built-in for this sort of thing. I would suggest not putting it on the Date prototype just in case it conflicts with some other date function/library down the road. Its seems to be only a matter of preference though.

(if you Google: JavaScript format date you'll see many other examples of formatting the date or https://stackoverflow.com/q/1056728/684890 where there are a few alternatives suggested in case you want some more functionality. )


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