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Price: 0.09

I need to charge 0.09 for every 30 seconds.

Say total time are 37 seconds. The charges are 0.18

If it's 1-30 seconds, the charge is 0.09

Basically, every 30 seconds, I am supposed to charge 0.09

How do I translate this into PHP code?
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Question by:rolandmy
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by:rolandmy
ID: 39289716
I kind of like found a way to do it. Refer to below. Is there a better way of doing it? I kind of feel like I am using the long way to go about it =/

 if ($billing=='xx') {
      $price='0.07';
  }else{
        $price='0.09';
  }
 
  $charge = $durationtime/30;
 
  if ( preg_match("/\./", $charge) ) {
        $actualcharge = intval($charge) + 1;
        }else{
              $actualcharge = intval($charge) + 0;
              }
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by:Chris Stanyon
ID: 39289767
Use the ceil() function to get your 'multiplier', and then simply do the math:

$charge = 0.09;
$seconds = 39;
$total = ceil($sec/30) * $charge;

echo $total

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and don't put quotes around your values - they then become strings!
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 39289769
Here is how to handle DATETIME information in PHP and MySQL.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/A_201-Handling-date-and-time-in-PHP-and-MySQL.html

To determine an elapsed time in seconds, create timestamps and subtract.  To determine 30 second intervals or parts of 30 second intervals, use ceil() after dividing the number of seconds by 30.
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by:Chris Stanyon
Chris Stanyon earned 50 total points
ID: 39289775
Variable mis-match in my previous code:

$charge = 0.09;
$seconds = 39;
$total = ceil($seconds/30) * $charge;

echo $total;

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Ray Paseur earned 250 total points
ID: 39289823
This seems to test out OK.
http://www.laprbass.com/RAY_temp_rolandmy.php

<?php // RAY_temp_rolandmy.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);
date_default_timezone_set('America/Chicago');

// THE RATE PER PERIOD
$rate = 0.09;

// THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD IN SECONDS
$dura = 30;

// THE ELAPSED TIME PERIOD OF SERVICE
$alpha = 'Today 11:58:03 pm';
$omega = 'Tomorrow 00:00:17';

// CREATE TIMESTAMPS AND GET SECONDS
$a_ts = strtotime($alpha);
$z_ts = strtotime($omega);
$secs  = $z_ts - $a_ts;

// COMPUTE CHARGES
$bill = ceil($secs/$dura) * $rate;

// REPORT THE WORK
echo "FROM $alpha TO $omega THERE ARE $secs SECONDS AND THE CHARGE IS " . '$' . number_format($bill,2);

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Best regards, ~Ray
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