Date and Time formats management logic
PHP CRUD Tutorial

The Bootstrap admin dashboard has to juggle with different date and time formats depending on the situation. Here's how it works.


The different Date and Time formats

List of the date, datetime and time formats used in PHP CRUD Generator

Pages Usage Language Format
READ lists Human readable date translated according to the user language PHP with intl extension enabled ICU *
READ lists Human readable date NOT translated PHP without intl extension enabled PHP date format **
CREATE / UPDATE forms Datepicker plugins Javascript Pickadate plugin formats ***
PHP Objects Database date, time and datetime fields PHP/MySQL Y-m-d H:i:s

*ICU - https://unicode-org.github.io/icu-docs/apidoc/released/icu4c/classSimpleDateFormat.html#details

**PHP date formats list: https://www.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php

***PHP date formats list: https://amsul.ca/pickadate.js/date/


Date and Time formats management logic

The Generator and Admin panel date & time formats

  1. When you set a date / time format in a generator READ list, your choice is stored in internal file (generator/database/phpcg/[your_table].json).

    The format stored is the Javascript format

    The admin form's date & time pickers will use this format.

  2. The Javascript format is converted to PHP ICU by generator/class/generator/TemplatesUtilities.php

    The function is pickerdateToPhpdate($pickerdate)

  3. The item class builds the object value using the PHP/MySQL format (no format conversion)

  4. the READ list TWIG template calls the formatDate($date, $format) function in vendor/twig/twig/lib/Twig/Extension/CrudTwigExtension.php

    The given $date is in PHP/MySQL format and can be a date, a time or a datetime.

    The given $format is the ICU format.

    • if PHP intl extension is enabled it'll show the date translated according to your languages settings with IntlDateFormatter::formatObject() using Locale::getDefault()
    • if PHP intl extension is not enabled it converts the ICU date / time to the classic PHP date format

Random datetime formats examples

The datetimes below are generated from a random format using the same logic as the CRUD Generator.

$pickerdate
yyyy mmmm d H i a
$icu_format
yyyy MMMM d H m a
$icu_date
2020 February 19 18 3 pm
$php_format
Y F j G i a
$php_date
2020 February 19 18 03 pm

$pickerdate
yyyy m d hh i A
$icu_format
yyyy M d hh m a
$icu_date
2020 2 19 06 3 pm
$php_format
Y n j h i a
$php_date
2020 2 19 06 03 pm

$pickerdate
yyyy mm ddd H i a
$icu_format
yyyy MM eee H m a
$icu_date
2020 02 Wed 18 3 pm
$php_format
Y m D G i a
$php_date
2020 02 Wed 18 03 pm

$pickerdate
yy m dddd HH i a
$icu_format
yy M eeee HH m a
$icu_date
20 2 Wednesday 18 3 pm
$php_format
y n l H i a
$php_date
20 2 Wednesday 18 03 pm

$pickerdate
yyyy mm dd HH i A
$icu_format
yyyy MM dd HH m a
$icu_date
2020 02 19 18 3 pm
$php_format
Y m d H i a
$php_date
2020 02 19 18 03 pm

$pickerdate
yy mm ddd hh i a
$icu_format
yy MM eee hh m a
$icu_date
20 02 Wed 06 3 pm
$php_format
y m D h i a
$php_date
20 02 Wed 06 03 pm

$pickerdate
yyyy mmmm dd h i a
$icu_format
yyyy MMMM dd h m a
$icu_date
2020 February 19 6 3 pm
$php_format
Y F d g i a
$php_date
2020 February 19 6 03 pm

$pickerdate
yy mmmm d H i a
$icu_format
yy MMMM d H m a
$icu_date
20 February 19 18 3 pm
$php_format
y F j G i a
$php_date
20 February 19 18 03 pm

$pickerdate
yy m dddd hh i a
$icu_format
yy M eeee hh m a
$icu_date
20 2 Wednesday 06 3 pm
$php_format
y n l h i a
$php_date
20 2 Wednesday 06 03 pm

$pickerdate
yyyy m d H i A
$icu_format
yyyy M d H m a
$icu_date
2020 2 19 18 3 pm
$php_format
Y n j G i a
$php_date
2020 2 19 18 03 pm

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