© 2006 - 2020 Ivan Dokov
Founder of JetSpark

# FluentDate PHP Class

As a developer who wants to make its life easier I do not like to format dates. I do not know a PHP developer that's not consulting the official PHP documentation in regards to formatting a date in PHP. If you are always using the same format you may have memorised the exact characters that you have to use but when a new format comes to you I am certain you go straight to https://www.php.net/manual/en/datetime.format.php (opens new window) or you Google php date format since they have moved the table with all format types which was previously at https://www.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php (opens new window).

It's quite often developers to create user land libraries to resolve issues that could be resolved in the language core and for me this is a such case. I got sick of reading the documentation for the same thing over and over again and created a library called FluentDate (opens new window) that makes formatting dates a breeze. It's as close as possible to the way you pronounce the date format hence the name. It has no dependencies and has full tests coverage. The tests are the most complete documentation of how to use the library as it is super easy to read thanks to PEST (opens new window) testing library.

# Installation

composer require ivandokov/fluentdate

# How to use

For full details of how to use the library please take a look at the tests (opens new window).

# Format DateTime

$datetime = new DateTime('now'); // The DateTime you want to format
$date = FluentDate::forDateTime($datetime)
    ->year(new YearFourDigits())
    ->separator(new SeparatorDot())
    ->month(new MonthTwoDigitsWithLeadingZeros())
    ->separator(new SeparatorDot())
    ->day(new DayWithLeadingZero()); 

echo "Today is $date";
//    Today is 2020.10.13

The $date can be directly used in strings since it implements __toString() magic method but if you want you can use the ->toString() method.

# The format string

If you want to get the underlying date format string you can use the ->toFormat() method like this:

$datetime = new DateTime('01.03.2020 00:00:00');
$dateFormat = FluentDate::forDateTime($datetime)
    ->year(new YearFourDigits())
    ->separator(new SeparatorDot())
    ->month(new MonthTwoDigitsWithLeadingZeros())
    ->separator(new SeparatorDot())
    ->day(new DayWithLeadingZero())
    ->toFormat(); 
// Y.m.d

# Format Carbon

If you want to format a Carbon (opens new window) instance you can use the same method described above since Carbon is extending DateTime.

$carbon = Carbon::now();
$date = FluentDate::forDateTime($carbon)
    ->year(new YearFourDigits())
    ->separator(new SeparatorDot())
    ->month(new MonthTwoDigitsWithLeadingZeros())
    ->separator(new SeparatorDot())
    ->day(new DayWithLeadingZero())
    ->toString();
// 2020.10.13

# Available formats

The format classes are self explanatory by their class names so you can take a look at all available classes in the Formats directory. At the time of writing the library support the following format classes:

# DateTime

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DateTimeISO8601
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DateTimeRFC2822
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DateTimeUNIXEpoch

# Time

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\Hour12WithLeadingZeros
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\Hour12WithoutLeadingZeros
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\Hour24WithLeadingZeros
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\Hour24WithoutLeadingZeros
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\MinutesWithLeadingZeros
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\SecondsWithLeadingZeros
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimeAmPmLowercase
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimeAmPmUppercase
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\Microseconds
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\Milliseconds
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimeDaylight
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimeSwatchInternet

# Timezone

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\Timezone
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimezoneAbbreviation
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimezoneGMTDifferenceWithColon
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimezoneGMTDifferenceWithoutColon
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\TimezoneOffsetInSeconds

# Day

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DayFullName
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DayNumberOfYearStartingFromZero
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DayNumberOneForMonday
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DayNumberZeroForSunday
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DayShortName
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DaySuffix
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DayWithLeadingZero
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\DayWithoutLeadingZero

# Month

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\MonthFullName
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\MonthNumberOfDays
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\MonthShortName
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\MonthTwoDigitsWithLeadingZeros
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\MonthTwoDigitsWithoutLeadingZeros

# Year

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\YearFourDigits
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\YearLeap
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\YearTwoDigits

# Week

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\WeekNumber

# Separators

We support the most common separators for dates but also a custom string separator in case of need.

  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\SeparatorDot
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\SeparatorDash
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\SeparatorForwardSlash
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\SeparatorSpace
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\SeparatorColon
  • IvanDokov\FluentDate\Formats\SeparatorString
Oct 13, 2020