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Colored clock with setInterval

importance: 4

Create a colored clock like here:

Open a sandbox for the task.

First, let’s make HTML/CSS.

Each component of the time would look great in its own <span>:

<div id="clock">
  <span class="hour">hh</span>:<span class="min">mm</span>:<span class="sec">ss</span>

Also we’ll need CSS to color them.

The update function will refresh the clock, to be called by setInterval every second:

function update() {
  let clock = document.getElementById('clock');
  let date = new Date(); // (*)
  let hours = date.getHours();
  if (hours < 10) hours = '0' + hours;
  clock.children[0].innerHTML = hours;

  let minutes = date.getMinutes();
  if (minutes < 10) minutes = '0' + minutes;
  clock.children[1].innerHTML = minutes;

  let seconds = date.getSeconds();
  if (seconds < 10) seconds = '0' + seconds;
  clock.children[2].innerHTML = seconds;

In the line (*) we every time check the current date. The calls to setInterval are not reliable: they may happen with delays.

The clock-managing functions:

let timerId;

function clockStart() { // run the clock
  timerId = setInterval(update, 1000);
  update(); // (*)

function clockStop() {
  timerId = null;

Please note that the call to update() is not only scheduled in clockStart(), but immediately run in the line (*). Otherwise the visitor would have to wait till the first execution of setInterval. And the clock would be empty till then.

Open the solution in a sandbox.