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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:33 pm 
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I'm not sure how many times I've opened my .chm file for the manual to read the date function parameters...too many to count on all of my body parts.

as a result, I decided to whip something up that I can use with just plain 'ole english to format my dates.

it's in a class right now which obviously isn't necessary *at all*, but I was trying to kill two birds with one stone (get a better understanding of OOP is the little dove bird that I killed with the stone).

it still needs a lot of work to account for different options and I haven't even dealt with time stuff yet, but here is the date part.

If people are interested, I will beef it up some more and repost here... 8O

see it working
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class datesFormat{

        var $dates;

        function datesFormat($dates){

                $dates = preg_replace("#[/-\s\.]#","/",$dates);

                $dates = date("Y-m-d", strtotime($dates));

                $this->dates = $dates;


        function formatDates($sorted="m/d/Y"){

                static $twoyear = array("/(two|2)\s*digit\s*year/i","/short\s*year/i","/year\s*with\s*(two|2)\s*digits/i","/y/");

                static $abvday = array("/short\s*day/i","/ab[a-z]* day/i","/D/","/weekday\s*ab[a-z]*/i","/ab[a-z]*\s*weekday/i");

                static $fullday = array("/Full\s*Day/i","/day\s*spelled\s*out/i","/day\s*of\s*[a-z]*\s* week/","/(weekday)[^a-z]*/i","/l/");           

                static $shortmonth = array("/short\s*month/i","/ab[a-z]* month/i","/month\s*ab[a-z]*/i","/M/");


                static $daysinmonth = array("/(last|final).*?month/i","/month('|\s|\w)*(last|final).*?day/i","/number[\s\w]*month/i","/days[\s\w]*month/i","/t/");

                static $shortday = array("/number\s*day/i","/d/","/day\s*(?!no)(?:[\w\s](?!no))*zero/i");

                static $shortdaynozero = array("/day\s*without\s*zero/i","/j/","/day(\s|\w)*no(\s|\w)*zero/i");

                static $fullmonth = array("/Full\s*month/i","/month\s*spelled\s*out/i","/F/");

                static $fullyear = array("/full\s*year/i","/Y/","/(four|4)\s*digit\s*year/i");

                static $shortmonthd = array("/number\s*month/i","/m/","/month\s*(?!no)(?:[\w\s](?!no))*zero/i");

                static $shortmonthnozero = array("/month\s*without\s*zero/i","/n/","/month(\s|\w)*no(\s|\w)*zero/i");

                static $dayofyear = array("/day(\s|\w)*year/i","/z/");


                $sorted = preg_replace($twoyear,"y",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($abvday,"D",$sorted);   

                $sorted = preg_replace($fullday,"l",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($shortmonth,"M",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($daysinmonth,"t",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($shortday,"d",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($shortdaynozero,"j",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($fullmonth,"F",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($fullyear,"Y",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($shortmonthd,"m",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($shortmonthnozero,"n",$sorted);

                $sorted = preg_replace($dayofyear,"z",$sorted);


                        return $this->dates;


                        return date($sorted, strtotime($this->dates));





<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">



        <title>English Date Formatter</title>



<form method="post">

Enter A Date (mm/dd/yyyy): <input type="text" name="date" <?=isset($_POST['date']) ? "value=\"".$_POST['date']."\"" : "";?>><br>

Enter A Date Pattern: <input type="text" name="pattern" size="50" <?=isset($_POST['date']) ? "value=\"".$_POST['pattern']."\"" : "";?>><br>

(examples "Day spelled out, 2 digit year, fullmonth, last day of the month, fullyear shortmonth, month abbreviated, abvr month" etc)<br>

<input type="submit" value="go">




        $thisone = $_POST['pattern'];

        $date = new datesFormat($_POST['date']);

        $showdate = $date->formatDates($thisone);

        echo "Result: <b>$showdate</b>";

echo "<br><br>Pattern Used: <b>$thisone</b>";





see it working

thx to D11 for some regex help, and thx to hawleyjr for some inspiration...

Last edited by Burrito on Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:30 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:55 pm 
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good idea, I also fixed a few bugs that were stupid oversights on my part.

done and done.



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