Stemming from this original post I was able to show Events using a custom date field and successfully got "Today" and "Tomorrow" events to show up.

How would I go about doing some custom Math to show "This Weekend" or "Next Week" events? I'm sure I have to first write a conditional on determine what the current Day is, but not sure the best way to do this.

  • You might be able to unify these ideas into a beautiful macro or plugin. I only started on the macro quest today though, hence this timid comment instead of an authoritative answer.
    – Matt Stein
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 22:19

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Twigs date_modify filter accepts every string, which is supported by phps strtotime().

These strings are called Relative Formats.



In the original post you used:

{% set day = date('m/d/Y') %}
{% set nextDay = day|date_modify('+1 day') %}

but with Relative Formats you can also do something like this:

{% set var = day|date_modify('now') %}
{% set var = day|date_modify('10 September 2000') %}
{% set var = day|date_modify('+1 week') %}
{% set var = day|date_modify('+1 week 2 days 4 hours 2 seconds') %}
{% set var = day|date_modify('next Thursday') %}
{% set var = day|date_modify('last Monday') %}
{% set var = day|date_modify('next month') %}

(These are equivalents of the php-doc examples )


So this weekend would be:

{% set var = day|date_modify('next Friday') %}

Or Saturday, personally I start my weekends on Thursday, so it's hard to give a good example ;)

Next weekend:

{% set var = day|date_modify('next Friday +7 days') %}

Next weekend in one year, half an hour ago:

{% set var = day|date_modify('next Friday +1 year -30 minutes') %}
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    Beat me to it :) And I had no idea you could use weekday names in date_modify! Very cool. Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 22:34
  • I also just found out after reading the docs, php still surprises from time to time.
    – Victor
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 22:35
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    "Next weekend in one year, half an hour ago" — finally, I don't have to calculate this manually all the time!
    – Matt Stein
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 22:57
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    Does this help: craftcms.stackexchange.com/questions/47/… ?
    – Victor
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 19:30
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    I'll take a look, looks like that post would get me what I'm after :) Thanks for all of the help! Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 23:43

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