Issue #13259 has been reported by Tsuyoshi Sawada.

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Feature #13259: Kernel#Date
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/13259

* Author: Tsuyoshi Sawada
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* Target version: 
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I often see a piece of code like this:

```ruby
require "date"

begin
  Date.strptime(some_string, some_format)
rescue
  nil
end
```

Since we now have  (https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12732) `Kernel#Integer` with a parameter to avoid raising an error in case of an invalid string, I think that having a counterpart of it in `Date` would be convenient. I propose `Kernel#Date`, which works like `Date.strptime` except that it takes an optional keyword argument, and works as follows:

```ruby
Date("2017/02/02", "%Y/%m/%d", exception: nil) # => #<Date: 2017-02-02 ((2457787j,0s,0n),+0s,2299161j)>
Date("foo", exception: nil) # => nil
```



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