Simple module, that displays the date in a "time ago" format.
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Add time ago functionality to your project

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Getting started

The package is availabe here on Github and on Packagist

Installing

Using composer you can just do the following

composer require jimmiw/php-time-ago

Using the component

There is now only one way to get the time ago in words There are now two ways of getting the time ago in words.

The new way (3.0.0 and up):

$timeAgo = new Westsworld\TimeAgo();
echo $timeAgo->inWords(new DateTime("2010-01-10 23:05:00"));

And the old way (please notice the changed interface) before 3.0.0:

$timeAgo = new Westsworld\TimeAgo();
echo $timeAgo->inWordsFromStrings("2010/1/10 23:05:00");

Both methods gives the same answer, and uses the same internal logic, I just upgraded to DateTime, since that what I always use.

Do you want the actual years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds difference?

Good news for you then! I've implemented a nice little function that does just that for you. Simply do the following:

$timeAgo = new Westsworld\TimeAgo();
// NOTE: this is actually deprecated, since DateTime does the same. Still works though :)
$dateDifferenceArray =  $timeAgo->dateDifference("2017-03-02 07:53:00", "2017-03-02 07:53:01");

This will return an array with the following data:

[
	'years' => 0
	'months' => 0
	'days' => 0
	'hours' => 0
	'minutes' => 0
	'seconds' => 1
]

How to determine, what "ago" is

  0 <-> 29 secs                                                             # => less than a minute
  30 secs <-> 1 min, 29 secs                                                # => 1 minute
  1 min, 30 secs <-> 44 mins, 29 secs                                       # => [2..44] minutes
  44 mins, 30 secs <-> 89 mins, 29 secs                                     # => about 1 hour
  89 mins, 29 secs <-> 23 hrs, 59 mins, 29 secs                             # => about [2..24] hours
  23 hrs, 59 mins, 29 secs <-> 47 hrs, 59 mins, 29 secs                     # => 1 day
  47 hrs, 59 mins, 29 secs <-> 29 days, 23 hrs, 59 mins, 29 secs            # => [2..29] days
  29 days, 23 hrs, 59 mins, 30 secs <-> 59 days, 23 hrs, 59 mins, 29 secs   # => about 1 month
  59 days, 23 hrs, 59 mins, 30 secs <-> 1 yr minus 1 sec                    # => [2..12] months
  1 yr <-> 2 yrs minus 1 secs                                               # => about 1 year
  2 yrs <-> max time or date                                                # => over [2..X] years

Changes since last version

Lots have changed since the last version. The WWDateTime class is no longer supported. I have implemented a new class which takes a time string as parameter (and a timezone if needed), and calculates the time between them.

By request from "lsolesen" (a guy from here on github) I did removed the whole DateTime dependence thingy.

About

Inspired by the comments at:

http://dk.php.net/time

http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActionView/Helpers/DateHelper.html#M001695

You should really look in to the Carbon project, it looks very nice and gives the same functionality and a lot more.

This class is here to give you the same functionality that DateTime::diff will give you.

Translations added

Version 0.4.x was the big translations release.

You can now translate the texts returned using the $timeAgo->inWords() or timeAgoInWords() methods. The translation is simply a language code string added to the end of the class init or timeAgoInWords() method.

Examples using the Danish translations:

$timeZone = null; // just use the system timezone

$timeAgo = new Westsworld\TimeAgo($timeZone, 'da'); // default language is en (english)
echo $timeAgo->inWords("2010/1/10 23:05:00");

Changelog

For a full list of changes, please see Changelog.md

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MIT License

Copyright © 2014 Jimmi Westerberg (http://westsworld.dk)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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