PHP Declare Statement


In PHP declare construct is used to set execution directives for a block of code. At present two directives are recognized ticks and encoding.


declare (directive) statement 

The following table describes two directives currently supported.

Directive Description
ticks A tick is an event. While the format of specifying the tick directive is tick=N, where N is an integer. The tick event occurs for every N statements (following the declare). Usually, condition expressions and argument expressions are excluded from being executed. Register_tick_function() is used to specify each event(s) that occur on each tick. Remember that this directive is deprecated in PHP5.3.
encoding The encoding directive specifies a script's encoding. Usage of this detective is decal re(encoding="EncodingType") where EncodingType is a encoding type like ISO-8859-1. This directive can be used only if PHP is compiled with --enable-zend-multibyte. You can use phpinfo() to know whether a PHP installation

Example of PHP declare statement using tick directive

// the following function is called on each tick event
function w3r_tick()
echo "w3r_tick() called<br>";
$a = 5;
if ($a > 0)
$a += 2;

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PHP: Convert one date format into another in PHP

The second parameter to date() needs to be a proper timestamp (seconds since January 1, 1970). You are passing a string, which date() can't recognize.

You can use strtotime() to convert a date string into a timestamp. However, even strtotime() doesn't recognize the y-m-d-h-i-s format.

PHP 5.3 and up

Use DateTime::createFromFormat. It allows you to specify an exact mask - using the date() syntax - to parse incoming string dates with.

PHP 5.2 and lower

You will have to parse the elements (year, month, day, hour, minute, second) manually using substr() and hand the results to mktime() that will build you a timestamp.

But that's a lot of work! I recommend using a different format that strftime() can understand. strftime() understands any date input short of the next time joe will slip on the ice. for example, this works:

$old_date = date('l, F d y h:i:s');         // returns Saturday, January 30 10 02:06:34
$old_date_timestamp = strtotime($old_date);
$new_date = date('Y-m-d H:i:s', $old_date_timestamp);

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