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Can't add hours to date and time stored in variable

Posted on 2016-09-25
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if I do this:

echo date("y-m-d h:i:sa", strtotime('+24 hour'));

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it works as expected. But I am trying to add 24 hours to the date and time stored in the database which isn't working.

I have tried something like:

$register_date = $row['register_date'];
echo $register_date, strtotime('+24 hour');

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but that just shows me the registered date from the database and a unix timestamp.

I am pretty stumped on this one.


-OR-

Should I just use an integer instead of date/time? The user has 24 hours to activate their account otherwise they will need to generate a new code.
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Question by:Black Sulfur
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by:Terry Woods
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You could probably do it in the database... are you using MySQL?
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by:Terry Woods
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If so, this might work:

SELECT DATE_ADD(register_date, INTERVAL 24 HOUR) 
FROM my_table;

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by:Black Sulfur
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Hi Terry,

I am using mysql and PHP. My select statement currently looks like this (prepared)

$stmt = $link->prepare("SELECT `register_date` FROM `db_users` WHERE `user_email` = ?");

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by:Black Sulfur
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So, I changed it to:

$stmt = $link->prepare("SELECT DATE_FORMAT(register_date, '%e-%m-%y %r') AS test FROM `db_users` WHERE `user_email` = ?");

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which looks exactly the same as
$date_now = date("d-m-y h:i:sa");

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The only difference is that one has pm in lower case and the other in uppercase PM, for some reason.
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by:Terry Woods
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Did you try DATE_ADD as I suggested above?
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It was getting a bit confusing with the prepared statements. I found a solution though which makes working with times and dates much easier and I think I got it now. I used Carbon which is awesome!

             
  $db_date = $row['register_date'];
		$carbon = new Carbon($db_date);
		$expiry_date = $carbon->copy()->addDays(1);
		$now = Carbon::now();

                         if($now > $expiry_date) {
			
			     header("location:expired.php");
		                  }

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http://carbon.nesbot.com/docs/
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by:Terry Woods
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Nice work! Perhaps you can accept that as the solution, with mine as Assisted.
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by:Black Sulfur
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Found a solution using Carbon through my own research
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