You want a simple way to determine elapsed time when millisecond accuracy is not required.
Sample code folder: Chapter 07\ ElapsedTicks
Use the difference between system ticks returned by Now.Ticks and divide by 10 million to get elapsed decimal seconds.
As shown in Recipe 7.1, Ticks returns the number of 100-nanosecond time intervals elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1 AD. Dividing Ticks by 10,000,000 converts the time units to seconds. The following code demonstrates this technique by timing how long the user takes to click an OK button and then displaying the number of decimal seconds elapsed:
Dim ticksBefore As Long Dim ticksAfter As Long Dim tickSeconds As Double ' ----- Time the user! ticksBefore = Now.Ticks MsgBox("Press OK to see elapsed seconds") ticksAfter = Now.Ticks tickSeconds = (ticksAfter - ticksBefore) / 10000000.0 MsgBox("Elapsed seconds: " & tickSeconds.ToString())
Figure 7-5 shows the result.
Figure 7-5. Using Ticks to measure elapsed decimal seconds
This is a simple technique for getting decimal seconds for each moment in time, but the real workhorse for determining spans of time is the TimeSpan object, which is demonstrated in Recipe 7.6.