Six Useful PHP code snippets

Six Useful PHP code snippets
by Janeth Kent Date: 11-04-2013

Here’s a mini list of  useful PHP code snippets that we find using on a weekly basis. You could use these as is or expand them as part of other applications or add them to a php class.

Adjust server time

Useful if you have a server in a different timezone, like us... You can fix funny things happen when you add the time to a MySQL database, by adding or subtracting hours as in the example below.

$now = date('Y-m-d-G'); 
$now = strftime("%Y-%m-%d-%H", strtotime("$now -8 hours"));

Convert HEX value to RBG

function hextorgb($hexvalue){

        if($hexvalue[0] == '#') {
                $hexvalue = substr( $hexvalue, 1);
        if(strlen( $hexvalue ) == 6){
                list($r, $g, $b) = array($hexvalue[0] .$hexvalue[1], $hexvalue[2] . $hexvalue[3], $hexvalue[4] .$hexvalue[5]);
        }elseif (strlen($hexvalue) == 3) {
                list($r,$g,$b) = array($hexvalue[0] .$hexvalue[0], $hexvalue[1] . $hexvalue[1], $hexvalue[2] .$hexvalue[2]);
                return false;
        $r = hexdec($r);
        $g = hexdec($g);
        $b = hexdec($b);
        return array('R' => $r, 'G' => $g, 'B' => $b);
$rgb = hextorgb('#fff000');

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function url_to_link($text){

            $reg_exUrl = "/(http|https|ftp|ftps)\:\/\/[a-zA-Z0-9\-\.]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,3}(\/\S*)?/";
            // Check if there is a url in the string
            if (preg_match_all($reg_exUrl, $text, $url)) {
                foreach($url[0] as $v){
                    $position = strpos($text,' '.$v)+1;
                    $text = substr_replace($text,'',$position, strlen($v));
                    $text = substr_replace($text,''.$v.'',$position ,0);
                return $text;
            else {
                // if no urls in the text just return the text
                return $text;
$string = 'This is a string of text and we have a link: we also have another link';
echo url_to_link($string);

Parse JSON in PHP

$json='{"id":0,"name":"Silvia","surname":"Salvietta","Website":""} ';

 // print  the array
echo $array->name;


by Janeth Kent Date: 11-04-2013 hits : 2883  
Janeth Kent

Janeth Kent

Licenciada en Bellas Artes y programadora por pasión. Cuando tengo un rato retoco fotos, edito vídeos y diseño cosas. El resto del tiempo escribo en MA-NO WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT.