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A Ruby library that assists in scheduling events whilst taking time zones into account. E.g. when to best deliver notifications such as push notifications or emails.

It includes a ORM ‘view’ that is able to partition a collection by time zone and extends the partitions with the TimeZoneScheduler API.

NOTE: It is not yet battle-tested. This will all follow over the next few weeks.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'time_zone_scheduler'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install time_zone_scheduler


For full details, see the documentation.

Here’s an example that uses the ‘view’ ORM helper. This example uses Mongoid, but its usage is pretty much the same with ActiveRecord.

require 'time_zone_scheduler/view'

class User
  include Mongoid::Document

  field :time_zone, type: String

  extend TimeZoneScheduler::View
  view_field_as_time_zone :time_zone

User.create(time_zone: 'Europe/Amsterdam') # => #<User ID=1>
User.create(time_zone: 'Europe/Paris')     # => #<User ID=2>
User.create(time_zone: 'America/New_York') # => #<User ID=3>

time_zone_views = User.in_time_zones
p time_zone_views.map { |view| view.map(&:id) }    # => [[1], [2], [3]]
p time_zone_views.map { |view| view.map(&:class) } # => [Mongoid::Criteria, Mongoid::Criteria, Mongoid::Criteria]
p time_zone_views.map { |view| view.time_zone }    # => ['Europe/Amsterdam', 'Europe/Paris', 'America/New_York']

Now consider, for instance, that you want to schedule the delivery of Apple Push Notifications, but do want to respect the user and so, regardless of the user’s time zone, always deliver on Friday, January the 15th of 2016, at 10AM:

date_and_time = Time.parse('2016-01-15 10:00')

User.in_time_zones.each do |users|
  # Calculate the system time that corresponds to the date and time in the user’s time zone.
  run_at = users.schedule_on_date(date_and_time)
  # Perform the delivery of the push notifications on the calculated time.
  # (This example uses the DelayedJob API to delay delivery.)
  PushNotification.delay(run_at: run_at).deliver(users)


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/alloy/time_zone_scheduler.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.