PHP continuous countdown to date


I had to write a PHP script that will countdown the days, hours, and minutes until my next birthday. This script must work year round. I thought I had done this but my teacher informed me that what I wrote will not work between November 13 and December 31, November 13 being my birthday.

This is the code I submitted:


$a = getdate();


$bday = mktime(0, 0, 0, 11, 13, $year);

$today = time ();

$difference =($bday-$today);

$days =(int) ($difference/86400);

$hours =(int) ($difference % 86400 / 3600);

$minutes =(int) ($difference % 86400 % 3600 / 60);

echo “My birthday is in $days days, $hours hours, and $minutes minutes.”;
?>[/php] helped a lot, as always. To be honest, I have no idea what I could do to fix it. I feel like I’ve overlooked something simple. Any help would be super appreciated (I probably should not have taken programming as an elective, but it’s fun to see a program work).


It’ll run, how ever it’ll change from a positive number to a negative number. You need to do a check for those specific date ranges and then reverse the subtraction.


alright, ill give that a go