# Explode

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Hi, can someone please help me to simplify this? Thanks

\$time=\$json_nba->league->standard[\$nextgame]->startTimeEastern;
\$string = \$game;

<?php echo \$string[6]; echo \$string[7];?>/<?php echo \$string[4]; echo \$string[5];?> <?php echo \$string[9]; echo \$string[10]; echo \$string[11];?>-<?php echo \$string[12]; echo \$string[13]; echo \$string[14];?>

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`echo "\$game[6] \$game[7]/\$game[4] \$game[5] \$game[9] \$game[10] \$game[11] -  \$game[12] \$game[13] \$game[14]";`

41 minutes ago, Sunnyisles said:

\$string = \$game;

is redundant

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Yo are right, thanks!

\$json_nba=llamar_api("http://data.nba.com/data/10s/prod/v1/2021/teams/1610612748/schedule.json");
\$nextgame=\$json_nba->league->lastStandardGamePlayedIndex+1;
\$game=\$json_nba->league->standard[\$nextgame]->gameUrlCode;
\$time=\$json_nba->league->standard[\$nextgame]->startTimeEastern;

<?php echo "\$game[6]\$game[7]/\$game[4]\$game[5] \$game[9]\$game[10]\$game[11] - \$game[12]\$game[13]\$game[14]";?>

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Don't know whether more efficient or not from a processing perspective but using printf/sprintf will be more efficient from a your time perspective.

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I find it funny when I see people using sprintf/printf to display something that a simple echo accomplishes.  I NEVER use those 2 functions.  Don't understand.

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9 hours ago, ginerjm said:

I find it funny when I see people using sprintf/printf to display something that a simple echo accomplishes.  I NEVER use those 2 functions.  Don't understand.

I never used to and also didn't originally understand the point of doing so, but eventually came to appreciate how sprintf/printf offers some separation of concerns.  I am sure it is personal choice but other reasons why I like to use them include:

1. Ability to format/pad/etc.
2. Consistency when working with associated arrays and multiple-dimension sequential arrays.
3. Ability to apply a function to the arguments, ability for arguments to be a method applied to an object, etc.
4. Reuse of templates.
5. Less troubleshooting values that need to be escaped.
6. Easier to read and less dinking around with presentation (once you get used to them!).
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I personally don't use printf/sprintf much either, but you make some good points.  I also coded in c, before php was a thing, and those are wrappers around the standard c library afaik.  They were there for c programmers coming to php to get up and running fast, but that's probably not a very substantial group anymore.

I agree they do have some nice utility in many circumstances, especially where number formatting is important.  If you are going to want/need localization, I doubt they are something you would still want to use though.

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