TIL: strtotime function

While researching the `setcookie` function, another one caught my eye. Apparently, instead of writing the time of expiration in unix seconds, you can use human-readable format, neatly parsed by strtotime() !


echo strtotime("+1min") === time() + 60; // true
echo strtotime("now") === time(); // true

// Other formats

echo strtotime("now"), "\n";
echo strtotime("10 September 2000"), "\n";
echo strtotime("+1 day"), "\n";
echo strtotime("+1 week"), "\n";
echo strtotime("+1 week 2 days 4 hours 2 seconds"), "\n";
echo strtotime("next Thursday"), "\n";
echo strtotime("last Monday"), "\n";

It for sure improves the readability of the code, which is a huge deal in any modern codebase. Happy coding!

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