CakePHP Date and Time


CakePHP provides several useful functions for working with dates and times. Here are a few examples:

  1. Cake\I18n\Time::now(): Returns the current date and time.

  2. Cake\I18n\Time::createFromFormat(string $format, string $time): Creates a new Cake\I18n\Time object from the given date and time string, using the specified format.

  3. Cake\I18n\Time::parseDateTime(string $date): Parses a date and time string and returns a new Cake\I18n\Time object. This function tries to guess the format of the input string automatically.

  4. Cake\I18n\Time::format(string $format): Formats the date and time according to the specified format string.

Here’s an example of how you can use these functions to create a new Cake\I18n\Time object, format it, and then save it to the database:

$time = \Cake\I18n\Time::createFromFormat('Y-m-d H:i:s', '2022-01-01 00:00:00');
$formattedTime = $time->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');

$article = $this->Articles->newEntity();
$article->published_at = $formattedTime;

if ($this->Articles->save($article)) {
    // Save was successful
} else {
    // Save failed