Converting Month to Num

Jeff Jungblut jeff at
Thu Mar 22 12:36:14 CST 2001

on 3/21/01 4:45 PM, Vasquez, Mike at mike.vasquez at wrote:

> Is there a simplier way of converting a Month that has a txt value, i.e.
> $month = "April" and converting that to $month = 4 instead of writing a long
> if statement.
> I have a drop down menu that has the value of the month and I'm passing that
> to another cgi page via post and I want to convert $q->param('month') over
> to 4.

Here's another solution that requires less code than building a hash.  Take
the first three letters of the month in $q->param('month'), find its
position in a string of months, then divide the result by 3 and you'll have
the month number.

$monthNum = index("???JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec",
substr($q->param('month'), 0, 3)) / 3;

Jeff Jungblut
jeff at


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