PHP's date() function may seem to
have an overwhelming amount of options available.
it better to have more choices than not enough??
PHP's date function
you format timestamps, so they are more human readable.
Date - The
The date function always formats a
timestamp, whether you supply one or not. What's a timestamp? Good
A timestamp is the number of seconds from January 1, 1970 at 00:00.
Otherwise known as the Unix Timestamp, this measurement is a widely
used standard that PHP has chosen to utilize.
Date - What Time Is It?
date function uses letters of the alphabet to represent various parts
of a typical date and time format.?
letters we will be using in our
first example are:
The day of the month. The type of output you can expect is 01 through
m: The current month, as a
number. You can expect 01 through 12.
The current year in two digits ##. You can expect 00 through 99
We will study the rest of the options later, but for now
let's use those above letters to format a simple date.
PHP uses to represent parts of date and time will automatically be
converted by PHP.
However, other characters like
a slash "/" can be inserted between the letters to add additional
We have opted to use the slash
in our example.
Supplying a Timestamp
As our first example shows, the first argument of the date
function tells PHP how you would like your date and time displayed. The
second argument allows for a timestamp and is optional.
example uses the mktime function to create a
timestamp for tomorrow. To go one day in the future we simply add one
to the day argument of mktime. For your future
reference, we have the arguments of mktime.
Note: These arguments are all optional. If
you do not supply any arguments the current time will be used to create