Let’s say we have an array of data represented by some text followed by a number. Just like the movies from a movie series like “Mission Impossible” or “Pirates of the Carribean”. We know that they are often followed by the consecutive number of the episode.
Anyone who has worked with that has come across this problem. I’d like to show different error message on each validator attached to a Zend_Form_Element. Let’s say we validate an text input field. We want it to contain only digits, but also we’d like to display different messages when the field is empty and when the user has entered something that is different from digits.
It can be done by attaching to the form element two validators: Zend_Validate_Digits and Zend_Validate_NotEmpty, but first let’s see how to change the default “Value is required and can’t be empty” error message of a form field.
$element=$form->createElement('text','phone');$element->setLabel('Please, enter your phone number:')->setRequired(true)->addValidator('Digits');$form->addElement($element);
Here we validate the field with Zend_Validate_Digits and we have set it to be required. Thus everything containing characters, i.e. “my123name” or “007bond”, will be false, while “1234” will be true.
Let’s say we have the following problem: we have to check whether a date is more than a month ago or less than a month ago. Many developers go in the wrong direction by calculating the current month and then subtracting the number of months from it. Of course, this approach is slow and full of risks of allowing bugs. Since, two months before January, which is the first month of the year, is actually November, which is the eleventh month. Because of these pitfalls, this approach is entirely wrong.
The question is whether PHP cannot help us with built-in functions to perform these calculations for us. It is obvious, that from version 5.3.0 and later, there is an OOP section, which is great, but unfortunately this version is still not updated everywhere. So, how to accomplish the task?
The Wrong Approach
As I said, there are many ways to go in the wrong direction. One of them is to subtract 30 days from current date. This is completely wrong, because not every month has 30 days. Here, some developers will begin to predefine arrays to indicate the number of days in each month, which then will be used in their complicated calculations. Here is an example of this wrong approach.
This line is full of mistakes. First of all strtotime(date(‘Y-m-d’)) can be replaced by the more elegant strtotime(‘now’), but for this later. Another big mistake is that 60*60*24*30, which is number of seconds in 30 days can be predefined as a constant. Eventually the result is wrong, because not every month has 30 days.