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Storing timestamp in variable for later use.


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Hi all,

I am looking to use php to insert a tag into a webpage that will be picked up by a c# program. The code that I have thus far is as follows,


<!DOCTYPE html>
echo "<tag>Override on Pump 1 Authorised by ABC123 ";
echo date(' h:i:s');
echo "</tag>";
So that the final output on the webpage is:

Override on Pump 1 Authorised by ABC123 10:35:56

However, as you would expect the TimeStamp keeps changing. I need a way so that when the tag is inserted into the HTML page, it is that date that is displayed.

For example, if i open the webpage and it's Override on Pump 1 Authorised by ABC123 10:35:56 then the next time I refresh it will be the same. It's possible PHP may not be the way forward for this, but the work needs to be done server side as the C# program will not read client-side (javascript) timestamps, it just reads the variable. Any help on this would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance :).
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Your best bet may be to simply store the timestamp in either a file or database, and then read/write to it as necessary.


That said, is there a reason why you're doing this in PHP rather than web forms or MVC? For interoperability, it seems like it would make more sense to use C# for everything.

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I'm interacting with a system that just posts data to a webpage. 

I attempted it with Javascript, which works great however the javascript variable which I am using for the timestamp is what is displayed in the C# application and I have no idea how to display the value instead of the variable name :(

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