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Assign variable within a for array

Assign variable within a for array

Assign variable within a for array

I am a pharmacist that maintains a small pharmacy organization web site. I have been using if elseif and else conditional statements to display the next meeting date based on today's date. This is becoming very cumbersome secondary to many date changes. I am trying to use an array to simplify this process.

I am trying to loop through the array and if the condition of today's date is before the next meeting then assign that date to a variable to display on the webpage. Here is what I have, but is not working. In the below example, we do not have any meeting in June, July or December, but could be added at a later date, so trying to keep them as a placeholder.


     //date variable
    $date = date("Ymd");        //Date format as YYYYMMDD
    //create array
    $meetdate = array();
    $meetdate[0] = "20190110";  //January
    $meetdate[1] = "20190212";  //February
    $meetdate[2] = "20190320";  //March
    $meetdate[3] = "20180410";  //April
    $meetdate[4] = "20180525";  //May
    $meetdate[5] = "";          //June
    $meetdate[6] = "";          //July
    $meetdate[7] = "20180830";  //August
    $meetdate[8] = "20180922";  //September
    $meetdate[9] = "20181019";  //October
    $meetdate[10] = "20181103"; //November
    $meetdate[11] = ""; //December
    //find next meeting date
    for ($index = 0; $index < count($meetdate); $index++){
        if ($date <= $meetdate[$index] {                                                          
            $nextmeetdate = $meetdate[$index]
        } else {
            $nextmeetdate = "Date to be announced";
    echo $nextmeetdate; 

Thank you in advance for any help.

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RE: Assign variable within a for array

You have a couple errors there. You are missing a closing parenthesis in your IF statement, and a semicolon below that.


if ($date <= $meetdate[$index]) {                                                          
            $nextmeetdate = $meetdate[$index] ;
        } else {
            $nextmeetdate = "Date to be announced";

If you don't have errors turned on and set to display, its recommended to at least turn them on while developing so you can see errors like those while making changes.

Easiest thing to do is to add these 2 lines at the top of your PHP script, and remove them once you know everything is working.


ini_set('display_errors', true);
error_reporting( E_ALL );

Phil AKA Vacunita
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RE: Assign variable within a for array


That did the trick, except I forgot to Break out the loop when the condition was true.

I do have errors turned on, but the message was misleading to a novice. It stated "Unexpected Else", which I now understand what that meant.

Thank you.

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