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Timestamp from 2 years ago as x Days x Weeks x Months x Years ago

Posted on 2009-07-09
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How can i take a timestamp from say, 2 years ago and have the output as:
2 years 3 months 2 weeks and 3 days.

it is in answer to the question "How long have i been Representing this person?":
"you have represented them for........: 2 years 3 months 2 weeks and 3 days.

Using PHP
function _represented_for($timestamp){
 
(what goes here??)
 
return "2 years, 3 months, 2 weeks and 3 days.";
}

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Question by:ussher
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ussher earned 0 total points
ID: 24820265
found it here:
http://blog.sampsonvideos.com/2009/06/17/twitter-style-timestamps-with-kohana/
/**
 * Returns time difference between two timestamps, in human readable format.
 *
 * @param   integer       timestamp
 * @param   integer       timestamp, defaults to the current time
 * @param   string        formatting string
 * @return  string|array
 */
function timespan($time1, $time2 = NULL, $output = 'years,months,weeks,days,hours,minutes,seconds')
{
	// Array with the output formats
	$output = preg_split('/[^a-z]+/', strtolower((string) $output));
		// Invalid output
	if (empty($output))
		return FALSE;
		// Make the output values into keys
	extract(array_flip($output), EXTR_SKIP);
		// Default values
	$time1  = max(0, (int) $time1);
	$time2  = empty($time2) ? time() : max(0, (int) $time2);
		// Calculate timespan (seconds)
	$timespan = abs($time1 - $time2);
		// All values found using Google Calculator.
	// Years and months do not match the formula exactly, due to leap years.
		// Years ago, 60 * 60 * 24 * 365
	isset($years) and $timespan -= 31556926 * ($years = (int) floor($timespan / 31556926));
		// Months ago, 60 * 60 * 24 * 30
	isset($months) and $timespan -= 2629744 * ($months = (int) floor($timespan / 2629743.83));
		// Weeks ago, 60 * 60 * 24 * 7
	isset($weeks) and $timespan -= 604800 * ($weeks = (int) floor($timespan / 604800));
		// Days ago, 60 * 60 * 24
	isset($days) and $timespan -= 86400 * ($days = (int) floor($timespan / 86400));
		// Hours ago, 60 * 60
	isset($hours) and $timespan -= 3600 * ($hours = (int) floor($timespan / 3600));
		// Minutes ago, 60
	isset($minutes) and $timespan -= 60 * ($minutes = (int) floor($timespan / 60));
		// Seconds ago, 1
	isset($seconds) and $seconds = $timespan;
		// Remove the variables that cannot be accessed
	unset($timespan, $time1, $time2);
		// Deny access to these variables
	$deny = array_flip(array('deny', 'key', 'difference', 'output'));
		// Return the difference
	$difference = array();
	foreach ($output as $key)
	{
		if (isset($$key) AND ! isset($deny[$key]))
		{
			// Add requested key to the output
			$difference[$key] = $$key;
		}
	}
		// Invalid output formats string
	if (empty($difference))
		return FALSE;
		// If only one output format was asked, don't put it in an array
	if (count($difference) === 1)
		return current($difference);
		// Return array
	return $difference;
}

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by:Xemorph
ID: 24820342
I find this example a bit more simple.  Though maybe not as robust.  Again, leap years could throw off the results a bit.
function _represented_for($timestamp){
 
	$now = time();
	if(is_numeric($timestamp)){
		
		// $time_diff = number of secs from the time given to now.
		$time_diff = $now - $timestamp;
		
		// Subtract 1970 to get the correct year.
		$years = (int)date('Y', $time_diff) - 1970;
		$months = (int)date('j', $time_diff);
		$days = (int)date('', $time_diff);
		
		return $years. ' years, '.$months.' months, '.$days.' days.';
	}
}

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by:ussher
ID: 24820710
Hey, Thanks Xemorph.  Yep that would have done fine too.  Got it working now.  If i ever refer back to this it will be good to have your example here for reference as well.

Thanks very much
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