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adding 1 day to a DATETIME format value

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Questions:

In certain situations I want to add 1 day to the value of my DATETIME formatted variable:

$start_date = date('Y-m-d H:i:s', strtotime("{$_GET['start_hours']}:{$_GET['start_minutes']} {$_GET['start_ampm']}"));

What is the best way to do this?

Answers:

If you want to do this in PHP:

// replace time() with the time stamp you want to add one day to
$startDate = time();
date('Y-m-d H:i:s', strtotime('+1 day', $startDate));

If you want to add the date in MySQL:

-- replace CURRENT_DATE with the date you want to add one day to
SELECT DATE_ADD(CURRENT_DATE, INTERVAL 1 DAY);

Questions:
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There’s more then one way to do this with DateTime which was introduced in PHP 5.2. Unlike using strtotime() this will account for daylight savings time and leap year.

$datetime = new DateTime('2013-01-29');
$datetime->modify('+1 day');
echo $datetime->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');

// Available in PHP 5.3

$datetime = new DateTime('2013-01-29');
$datetime->add(new DateInterval('P1D'));
echo $datetime->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');

// Available in PHP 5.4

echo (new DateTime('2013-01-29'))->add(new DateInterval('P1D'))->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');

// Available in PHP 5.5

$start = new DateTimeImmutable('2013-01-29');
$datetime = $start->modify('+1 day');
echo $datetime->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');

Questions:
Answers:
  1. Use strtotime to convert the string to a time stamp
  2. Add a day to it (eg: by adding 86400 seconds (24 * 60 * 60))

eg:

$time = strtotime($myInput);
$newTime = $time + 86400;

If it’s only adding 1 day, then using strtotime again is probably overkill.

Questions:
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The DateTime constructor takes a parameter string time. $time can be different things, it has to respect the datetime format.

There are some valid values as examples :

  • 'now' (the default value)
  • 2017-10-19
  • 2017-10-19 11:59:59
  • 2017-10-19 +1day

So, in your case you can use the following.

$dt = new \DateTime('now +1 day'); //Tomorrow
$dt = new \DateTime('2016-01-01 +1 day'); //2016-01-02

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I suggest start using Zend_Date classes from Zend Framework. I know, its a bit offtopic, but I’ll like this way 🙂

$date = new Zend_Date();
$date->add('24:00:00', Zend_Date::TIMES);
print $date->get();