# Calculate relative time in C#

Jeff, your code is nice but could be clearer with constants (as suggested in Code Complete).

``````const int SECOND = 1;
const int MINUTE = 60 * SECOND;
const int HOUR = 60 * MINUTE;
const int DAY = 24 * HOUR;
const int MONTH = 30 * DAY;

var ts = new TimeSpan(DateTime.UtcNow.Ticks - yourDate.Ticks);
double delta = Math.Abs(ts.TotalSeconds);

if (delta < 1 * MINUTE)
return ts.Seconds == 1 ? "one second ago" : ts.Seconds + " seconds ago";

if (delta < 2 * MINUTE)
return "a minute ago";

if (delta < 45 * MINUTE)
return ts.Minutes + " minutes ago";

if (delta < 90 * MINUTE)
return "an hour ago";

if (delta < 24 * HOUR)
return ts.Hours + " hours ago";

if (delta < 48 * HOUR)
return "yesterday";

if (delta < 30 * DAY)
return ts.Days + " days ago";

if (delta < 12 * MONTH)
{
int months = Convert.ToInt32(Math.Floor((double)ts.Days / 30));
return months <= 1 ? "one month ago" : months + " months ago";
}
else
{
int years = Convert.ToInt32(Math.Floor((double)ts.Days / 365));
return years <= 1 ? "one year ago" : years + " years ago";
}
``````

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