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Date conversion - PHP

A simple piece of code to show you some examples of date reformatting in PHP. Frequently, you'll get dates in a format such as the ones I've started with here and want to re-arrange them, or do something more sophisticated.

My first re-arrangement simply explodes the date string and reforms it. My second converts it into seconds from 1st January 1970 (and I've taken the hour of 12, Midday, to complete the parameters to mktime) then reformats it with the date function.

<?php

$dates = array("2006-10-12","2004-05-08","2007-07-21");

foreach ($dates as $timestamp) {
  $parts = explode("-",$timestamp);
  print "<p>Date is $parts[2]/$parts[1]/$parts[0]</p>";

  $thatis = mktime(12,0,0,$parts[1],$parts[2],$parts[0]);
  $nicedate = date("l, jS F Y",$thatis);
  print "<p>Date is $nicedate</p>";

}
?>


The results:

Date is 12/10/2006
Date is Thursday, 12th October 2006
Date is 08/05/2004
Date is Saturday, 8th May 2004
Date is 21/07/2007
Date is Saturday, 21st July 2007


All done with easy function calls ... as we say in PHP "There's a function to do that"
(written 2006-12-26, updated 2006-12-28)

Commentatorsays ...
Alex Baskov:i guess you don't use this method now...

if you do, then you may try the following:

date("l, jS F Y", strtotime("2008-01-30 10:12:47"));
(comment added 2008-01-30 14:54:10)
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Comment: "Helped me in converting date format very easily.Thanks for ..."

Comment by Sandu (published 2010-03-10)
Helped me in converting date format very easily.Thanks for providing simple and useful date conversion function. [#3482]

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