PHP5 and extracting MS SQL Server DateTimeStamp from table

Hello folks,

     I have a MS Sql Server table. One of the columns is a DateTime stamp.
I need only to extract the date. When I use the code:

 
$hiredate = $row["HireDate"];

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gives me can "not convert to string" which I understand.
I need to only pull the date and not time, I know I can reformat the date once I successfully
assign it to a variable but that's the problem -
How do I assign it to a variable?  Can I reformat the date before assigning it to the variable?
I see all sorts of info about date/time in the php manual but they are using constants, not something pulled
from a table...
OverthereAsked:
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Peos JohnPHPCommented:
You can use explode function in php for this...

for example, if

 $hiredate= '1970-01-01 00:00:01';

// you can explode this using space and this will return time and date separately in an array

print_r(explode(' ',$hiredate));

Hope this helps.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't understand because almost everything that comes back from a database is in text format unless it is in one of the binary data types.  Can you show us the CREATE TABLE or structure definition?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Turns out... you're right it doesn't work.  However... here is code that does work.  'tid' is an int, tdate1 is a small datetime, and tdate2 is a regular datetime.  'timestamp' is linked because in SQL Server, a 'timestamp' data type is NOT a Unix timestamp, it is just a 64 bit integer that has nothing to do with time.
<?php  
$serverName = "xxxxxxxxx";    // Your database server
/* Get UID and PWD from application-specific files.  */
$uid = "xxxxxx";      // Your db username
$pwd = "xxxxxx";      // Your db password
$connectionInfo = array( "UID"=>$uid,
                         "PWD"=>$pwd,
                         "Database"=>"dbdbdb");
/* Connect using SQL Server Authentication. */
$conn = sqlsrv_connect( $serverName, $connectionInfo);
if( $conn === false )
		{
     echo "Unable to connect.</br>";
     die( print_r( sqlsrv_errors(), true));
		 }

echo '<table summary="" border="1px">';
// CONVERT ( data_type [ ( length ) ] , expression [ , style ] )
// https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187928%28v=sql.90%29.aspx
// timestamp - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ms182776%28v=sql.90%29.aspx
$dquery =  "SELECT tid, CONVERT (varchar,tdate1,0), CONVERT (varchar,tdate2,0) FROM dbo.tdatetest";
$result = sqlsrv_query($conn, $dquery); 
while ($row = sqlsrv_fetch_array($result, SQLSRV_FETCH_NUMERIC)) {
echo '<tr bgcolor="#ffffff">';
echo '<td width="44px">&nbsp;'.$row[0].'</td>';
echo '<td>&nbsp;'.$row[1].'</td>';
echo '<td>&nbsp;'.$row[2].'</td>';
echo '</td></tr>';
echo "\r\n";
}
?>

</table>

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MurfurFull Stack DeveloperCommented:
You can either format it in the SQL query or, more practically in my mind, format it in the PHP
-- I say more practically as you may find that you need to use the same query on another page but with a different format on the output.

<?= date( format, timestamp ); ?>

<?= date( "dS M Y", strtotime( $row["HireDate"] ) ) ; ?>
would give you 20th Nov 2015

<?= date( "d/m/y", strtotime( $row["HireDate"] ) ) ; ?>
would give you 20/11/15


See http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php for the formatting options

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Ray PaseurCommented:
Handling date and time values in PHP and MySQL:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/20920/Handling-Time-and-Date-in-PHP-and-MySQL-OOP-Version.html

I am pretty sure there is a very similar set of constructs you can use with MS Sql Server.  The PHP will be mostly identical, and the principles will be the same.

You can learn a lot about your data if you do something like this:
var_dump( $row["HireDate"] );
http://php.net/manual/en/function.var-dump.php
OverthereAuthor Commented:
You have a point Mufur - converting within a sql query is very possible and I think more feasible.
 I can also convert it to a date in php for date comparisons.
Thank you everyone for responding, its as always appreciated...
OverthereAuthor Commented:
Just thought I would share this snippet.
This is the sql query that worked very well for me....

SELECT LEFT(CONVERT(VARCHAR, HireDate, 120), 10)as HireDate, Paid FROM MyTable WHERE RecId = 1001

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
The SQL Query that worked so well for is not shown in your Accepted Solution while a similar solution is shown in my post above.
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