Calculate last month, last 3 months, and last 6 months from today

I am looking for some ideas on how this could be improved:

switch ($periodValue) { case "lastmonth":$until = mktime(0, 0, 0, date('n'), 1, date('Y'));
$from = mktime(0, 0, 0, date('n',$until) - 1, 1, date('Y', $until)); break; case "last3month":$until = mktime(0, 0, 0, date('n'), 1, date('Y'));
$from = mktime(0, 0, 0, date('n',$until)-3, 1, date('Y', $until)); break; case "last6month":$until = mktime(0, 0, 0, date('n'), 1, date('Y'));
$from = mktime(0, 0, 0, date('n',$until)-6, 1, date('Y', $until)); break;  How could I make this "smarter", so that it works out if we are near the end of the month it will show the last 30 days instead of the previous month? 2 Answers Try the DateTime class. In combination with the DateInterval class you can do something like this: $until = new DateTime();
$interval = new DateInterval('P2M');//2 months$from = $until->sub($interval);
echo 'from' . $from->format('Y-m-d') . 'until' .$until->format('Y-m-d');


Also, you have to set the $until variable only once, before the switch statement. The date/time functions in PHP are a tricky thing. Last I looked into this there were known bugs with many of the date/time functions, especially around leap years, but no solutions. I don't know if that has changed, haven't had the need to look, so this answer might not be the best one, but have you tried strtotime()? $period = 30;//90 for 3 months, 180 for 6 months

$until = strtotime( 'now' );$from = strtotime( "-$period days" ); //or$period = 'last month';//'last 3 months', or 'last 6 months'
$from = strtotime($period );


I've not tried any of the above, but I'm fairly confident the first half should work, but I'm not sure about the last half. However, strtotime() is a pretty smart function, so who knows. Hope it helps.

• 90 days ago isn't actually 3 months ago. for example if now is 31/5/2018 which is the time of this comment. – deathemperor May 31 '18 at 9:55