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BenPollinger
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:28 pm (11 years, 3 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Hello,

Can you explain how you implemented the front page table for recent articles? I mean the table headed "Active Topics from our Forums"

Does it use your RSS feed or some other technique?

cheers,
Ben

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Daniel
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:04 pm (11 years, 3 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

We're using the following phpBB script:

http://www.matthijs.net/downloads/tools/active_topics.phps

However there are many others available on phpBB.com - this is simply the one we selected.

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BenPollinger
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:25 pm (11 years, 3 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

THanks Daniel, that looks pretty straightforward compared to some of the RSS things I was looking at.

cheers,
Ben

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BenPollinger
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:40 pm (11 years, 2 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Hi Daniel,

I've got this working fine but could you tell me the php you use to get the time formatted in terms of mins/hours/days ago ?

thanks,
Ben

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:59 pm (11 years, 2 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Ben,

I used the following function (this isn't my own function, but I can't remember where I got it):

Code:
/* Works out the time since the entry post, takes a an argument in unix time (seconds) */
function time_since($original) {
    // array of time period chunks
    $chunks = array(
        array(60 * 60 * 24 * 365 , 'year'),
        array(60 * 60 * 24 * 30 , 'month'),
        array(60 * 60 * 24 * 7, 'week'),
        array(60 * 60 * 24 , 'day'),
        array(60 * 60 , 'hour'),
        array(60 , 'minute'),
    );
   
    $today = time(); /* Current unix time  */
    $since = $today - $original;
   
    // $j saves performing the count function each time around the loop
    for ($i = 0, $j = count($chunks); $i < $j; $i++) {
       
        $seconds = $chunks[$i][0];
        $name = $chunks[$i][1];
       
        // finding the biggest chunk (if the chunk fits, break)
        if (($count = floor($since / $seconds)) != 0) {
            // DEBUG print "<!-- It's $name -->\n";
            break;
        }
    }
   
    $print = ($count == 1) ? '1 '.$name : "$count {$name}s";
   
    if ($i + 1 < $j) {
        // now getting the second item
        $seconds2 = $chunks[$i + 1][0];
        $name2 = $chunks[$i + 1][1];
       
        // add second item if it's greater than 0
        if (($count2 = floor(($since - ($seconds * $count)) / $seconds2)) != 0) {
            $print .= ($count2 == 1) ? ', 1 '.$name2 : ", $count2 {$name2}s";
        }
    }
    return $print;
}

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