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Posted on 2010-09-08
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in the code window is my code to sdisplay a form that allows a user to edit information, the last diaplayed form element is the Expiry date field, I have tried all sorts of ways to format it so that it displays as DD-MM-YYYY , but no luck, I am probably missing something simple.

Where does the date_format function come into play , before the form code or in the form element below?

<p>
            <label for="Expiry">Expiry <em>*</em></label>
            <input name="Expiry" id="Expiry" size="25" maxlength="100" class="required" value="' . $row_user_edit['Expiry'] . '"/>
            </p>

thanks in advance.
$user_edit = '<div><form id="edituser" method="post"><input type="hidden" name="action" value="updateuser">		
		<fieldset>

		<p>
		<label for="name">Name <em>*</em></label>
		<input id="name" name="name" size="25" maxlength="255" class="required" value="' . $row_user_edit['name'] . '"/>
		</p>

		<p>
		<label for="local_authority_id">Local Authority <em>*</em></label>
		<select style="width:175px;" name="local_authority_id" id="local_authority_id" value="' . $local_auth_name['la_name'] . '">			
			'.$local_authority_option.'
		</select>
		</p>

		<p>
		<label for="school_learning_est_id" >School or Learning Establishment name <em>*</em></label>
		<select style="width:175px;" name="school_learning_est_id" id="school_learning_est_id" value="' . $school_name['School'] . '">'.$tblschool_new_option.'</select>
		</p>

		<p>
		<label for="email">E-Mail <em>*</em></label>
		<input id="email" name="email" size="25" maxlength="100" class="required email" value="' . $row_user_edit['email'] . '"/>
		</p>

		<p>
		<label for="telephonenumber">Telephone Number <em>*</em></label>
		<input name="telephonenumber" id="telephonenumber" size="25" maxlength="100" class="required" value="' . $row_user_edit['telephonenumber'] . '"/>
		</p>

		<p>
		<label for="Expiry">Expiry <em>*</em></label>
		<input name="Expiry" id="Expiry" size="25" maxlength="100" class="required" value="' . $row_user_edit['Expiry'] . '"/>
		</p>

		<p>
		<input class="submit" type="submit" value="Submit"/>
		</p>
    </fieldset></form></div>';

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by:GMGenius
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Not Tested but i believe its this

http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php 

<input name="Expiry" id="Expiry" size="25" maxlength="100" class="required" value="' . date("d/m/y", $row_user_edit['Expiry']) . '"/>
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Sorry "d/m/Y" for 4 digit year
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<input name="Expiry" id="Expiry" size="25" maxlength="100" class="required" value="' . date("d/m/Y", strtotime($row_user_edit['Expiry'])) . '"/>

The date() function requires an integer for its second parameter, strtotime() returns the integer.

http://ie2.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php
http://ie2.php.net/manual/en/function.strtotime.php
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by:avbauwel
ID: 33625350
It all depends on how you store that Expiry date.

I currently store all date/time based columns as integer values (unix timestamps) when using mySQL/PHP.

If it is stored as a unix timestamp, use the function date("d-m-Y, $row_user_edit['Expiry']) to format the timestamp loaded from database.

If stored as a mySQL datetime field, you'll need to make a function to convert MySQL's standard datetime format of YYYY-MM-DD to DD-MM-YYYY

Since you have another question open to ask abotu storing a date in format DD-MM-YYYY in a mysql date field, I will now assume that this is what you will need.

Look at these functions to swap sequence of the dates in a string:


function MysqlToPhpDate ($string) {
  $arr = explode('-', 'string) // array nog is like this: $arr[0] = '2010'; $arr[1] = '09'; $arr[2] = '08';
  $datePhp = $arr[2].'-'.$arr[1].'-'.$arr[0];
 
  return $datePhp;
}

function PhpToMysqlDate ($string) {
  $arr = explode('-', 'string) // array nog is like this: $arr[0] = '08'; $arr[1] = '09'; $arr[2] = '2010'
  $dateMysql = $arr[2].'-'.$arr[1].'-'.$arr[0];
 
  return $dateMysql;
}

You will need to do check/correction of the input field, since users can input it as a string and who knows how they will format the inputted date.
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by:Ray Paseur
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This is pretty well understood in the knowledge base of "industry best practices" -- please read this article and post back here with any specific questions.  HTH, ~Ray
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/A_201-Handling-date-and-time-in-PHP-and-MySQL.html
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by:Ray Paseur
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No offense meant to johnwarde, but strtotime() can also return FALSE.  That's why you might want to read the article I posted.
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by:jezskill
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yes of course, I tried johnwardes solution first and it worked for me. I wil review your article and comment back,

regards
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