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# 175307 24-Jun-2015 17:15
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I'm having a play with MYSQL, PHP and WordPress but am stuck on something I can't figure out. I'm not a PHP developer but have done plenty of plsql in the past which may or may not be helping !

I have two tables. table_1 is a 'reference' and has a date field. When a record is inserted into table_2 I would like to populate the column dependant on the value in The logic is if is > today I would like to return 'last tuesday' from that future date otherwise I would like to return 'next tuesday' from today.

I've learnt if I create dates I can do the following $date->modify('last tuesday') and I've learnt if I want to test dates against themselves I need to convert the fields to timestamps first.

So far I have the following (the echo's where just trying to help me see what I had where, rather than having inserts) :

global $wpdb;
$querystr ="select date from table_1 where id=blah";
$myrows = $wpdb->get_results($querystr, ARRAY_A);

  if ($myrows) {
    foreach ( $myrows as $myrow ) {
      // what do I have from the table ?
      echo 'date: ' . $myrow['date'] . '<br/>';

      // setup the variables I need
      $today_end = strtotime('tomorrow');

      if ($date_timestamp >= $today_end) {
        // return last tuesday from that date
        $new_date->modify('last tuesday');
        echo 'date last tuesday : ' . date_format($date, 'Y-m-d') .;
      } else {
        // Return next tuesday from today
        $new_date->modify('next tuesday');
        echo 'date next tuesday : ' . date_format($date, 'Y-m-d') .;
else {
  ?><h2Nothing Found</h2><?php

Where I believe I'm going wrong is in with $new_date->modify('blah'); If $new_date is a created with $new_date=date_create('2015-06-24'); for example the ->modify works perfectly, but I want to use the variable returned from $myrow['date']

I obviously have some sort of datatype mismatch going on or have mixed two incompatible methods. Can anyone point me in the right direction ?


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  # 1330895 24-Jun-2015 17:56
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Initialize $new_date with the date from the row before you modify it 

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  # 1330905 24-Jun-2015 18:07
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Yep what Xeon said.  You are using a mixture of the dateTime class and strtotime function for clarity but if you want to use the strtotime as well->

Something along the lines of

$new_date = new DateTime($myrow['date']);  Then modify this.  This is assuming the date format from the DB is YYYY-MM-DD


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  # 1330966 24-Jun-2015 20:46
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I knew it was the initialisation I was missing but I couldn't figure out the exact syntax !

Thanks itxtme that worked a treat :)

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