The right way to convert a date string to Mktime

When we do start with PHP is quite common to use a series of functions to transform a date string into Unix time format, but there is an easier and faster way to do it.

Not so correct way:

$date           = ‘2010-09-03’;
$dateArray = explode (‘-‘, $date);
$unixTime  = mktime(0, 0, 0, $dateArray[1], $dateArray[2], $dateArray[0]);

This will work 100% it uses 2 functions to return the correct result. If the system need’s to run this into 10,000,000 results it will take a considerable more time than the second option bellow.

The correct way:

$date           = ‘2010-09-03’;
$unixTime = strtotime($date);

Simple and effective.

Have fun.


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