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It seems like this is a question that may be on here already, but I couldn't find it with a search, so I apologize.


I am given a string that represents a datetime, and it is always in this format: HH:mm:ss MMM DD, YYYY PDT.


I just want to turn that into a proper format for mysql (Y-m-d H:i:s), but I'm not exactly sure how to go about that. (I could do this in C# rather quickly!)


Probably a simple question, I hope someone can help! Thanks.

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I'm doing this for now. pretty ugly

public function setPaymentDate( $pds ) {
	// pds is "pay date string", in the format of HH:mm:ss MMM DD, YYYY PDT
	$a = explode( ' ', $pds );
	$t = explode( ':', $a[ 0 ] );
	$monthText =  $a[ 1 ];
	$day = str_replace( ",", "", $a[ 2 ] );
	$year = $a[ 3 ];
	$hour = $t[ 0 ];
	$min = $t[ 1 ];
	$sec = $t[ 2 ];

	// this is ugly. A better way?
	$months = array(
		"Jan" => "01", "Feb" => "02", "Mar" => "03", "Apr" => "04",
		"May" => "05", "Jun" => "06", "Jul" => "07", "Aug" => "08",
		"Sep" => "09", "Oct" => "10", "Nov" => "11", "Dec" => "12"

	$month = $months[ $monthText ];		
	$unixTs = mktime( $hour, $min, $sec, $month, $day, $year );
	$this->payment_date = date( 'Y-m-d H:i:s', $unixTs );	

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