PHP DateTime Class and Functions
With PHP 5 they introduced the DateTime class. Prior to that everyone used strtotime, date, etc…commands to achieve the same results. I was a late adopter and continued to use the old commands. Recently I decided it’s been long enough and it’s time to take a look at this new class and apply it.
This example is a simple how to on showing the difference between two dates in day format.
So my start date here is 2016-05-04 10:20:42 as it’s stored in the MySQL timestamp field of my database. The end date is another date in the same format of YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS.
My first attempt mixed some of the old and new functions together to get my result.
$reg_temp = strtotime('2016-05-04 10:20:42'); $registration_date = date("Y-m-d", $reg_temp); $exp_temp = strtotime('2017-05-04 10:20:42'); $expiration_date = date("Y-m-d", $exp_temp); $registration_date = date_create($registration_date); $expiration_date = date_create($expiration_date); $diff=date_diff($registration_date,$expiration_date); echo $diff->format("%R%a days");
While it did get me the end result, that’s a lot of code to accomplish what I want. And I also want to force myself to only use the new DateTime class. After a few more iterations I came up with this that does the same job in 4 nice and clean lines of code:
$registration_date = date_create('2016-05-04 10:20:42'); //Replace static date with your database field $expiration_date = date_create('2017-05-04 10:20:42'); //Replace static date with your database field $diff=date_diff($registration_date,$expiration_date); echo $diff->format("%R%a days");
Much better. You can see the demo output here.