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  • MarijnKampf
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    Date Range Method Link to this post

    I've found the $Date.Range(date2) method at http://doc.silverstripe.com/doku.php?id=date. Trying to use it I came across the same errors as post in the archive at http://silverstripe.org/archive/show/99156#post99156. As it seems I'm not the only one experiencing the issue I thought I would post the error again, and my solution.

    When trying to call $Date.RangeString($EndDate) from a template I saw the error:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting ')' in blog.templates.Layout.BlogHolder.ss on line 99

    Which I understand is a result of how the templates work.



    next which resulted in the error:

    Fatal error: Call to a member function RangeString() on a non-object in \blog\code\BlogEntry.php on line 188

    The final solution that worked for me was (BlogEntry.php):

    // To create a complete example I've included the EndDate db entry:
    static $db = array(
       "Date" => "SSDatetime",
       "EndDate" => "SSDatetime",

    * Outputs date span or single date if no end date defined
    function DateRange() {
        $start = new Date();

        if (!is_null($this->EndDate)) { // Check if there is an end date
           $end = new Date();
           return $start->RangeString($end);
        } else {
           return $start->Long();

    For beginners I'm using $DateRange in the templates (e.g. BlogSummary.ss) to output the daterange.

  • JackAttack
    Community Member
    12 Posts

    Re: Date Range Method Link to this post

    Great solution, thanks!

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