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Variable into datetime Format

Posted on 2013-06-01
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How do I write this in PHP:

$date = "date_format(date_time'%a %c/%e')";

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by:Dave Baldwin
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There is something missing in your question like where are you getting this?  PHP has a 'date_format' function but not a "date_time'%a %c/%e'" function.

Also, I recommend that you do not use PHP reserved words like 'date' as variable names.  Can cause problems.
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by:rgranlund
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How do you "date_format" a variable that is a date?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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The PHP date() function can format for just about any valid date.  However, what you posted above is not coming from PHP.  Where are you getting it?  What format is it in?  This is clearly not just a PHP question because PHP doesn't have all those functions.  And 'date' formats are not universal, many programs format them differently.
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Ray Paseur earned 230 total points
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Required reading here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/A_201-Handling-date-and-time-in-PHP-and-MySQL.html
How do you "date_format" a variable that is a date?
If I am understanding it correctly it sounds like you have a date, perhaps in ISO-8601 format like 2013-06-02 and you would like to see it in a "pretty" format like June 2, 2013.
http://www.laprbass.com/RAY_temp_rgranlund.php

<?php // RAY_temp_rgranlund.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);

// SEE http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/Q_28145008.html

$iso_date = '2031-06-02';
$new_date = date('F j, Y', strtotime($iso_date));
echo $new_date;

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If I'm not understanding this correctly, please post back. ~Ray
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by:rgranlund
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Thank you for that.  It made something I'm doing much easier
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Thanks for the points.  Hope the article is helpful to you! ~Ray
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