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PHP: Time and Dates

Time and date retrieving and formatting is easy in PHP.

For example, you loaded this page at 01:39 Central Time. It is the 25 of November and the year is 2020.

All of the bold text was actually printed onto the screen using PHP rather than markup, such as HTML. In all programming languages, you can also return the number of days from a certain date. This can be fun and very useful in the case of special events among other things.

There are -144 days until 4th of July. Additionally, there are -25 days until Halloween.

How many days until next year? Well, next year will be 2021 and New Year's Eve is 36 days away!

This is all being calculated based on the given date, year, or time that was generated by your computer. It can be set to use a default timezone or retrieve the timezone based on your location if functionality, and obviously security, is built in.

With Laravel, programming code can be further minimized and organized by processing all this retrieving and formatting within classes and functions and passing only the variable to this page, which is the View. Directly from a Controller, this View is fed the data.

In addition to standard PHP, Laravel is a framework that boasts MVC (Model-View-Controller), which is a very long topic on its own, it also has its own template language: Blade. This makes it easy to reference the variables in very little code and more readability so long as those variables and/or data are passed to the View appropriately.

PHP Holidays - "Days Until" Table
Holiday Date of Holiday Days Remaining
New Years Day January 01 36
Valentine's Day February 14 80
Memorial Day May 29 185
Independence Day July 04 221
Labor Day September 04 283
Halloween October 31 340
Veterans Day November 11 351
Christmas December 25 30
New Years Eve December 31 36