DateTime object outputs 01, 02, 03 etc when I
$num = $dt->format('d');
if ($num == 1)
var_dump($num == 1)
$num = $dt->format('d') returns a String.
If you have
== as a Comparison Operators and the two values are not from the same data type, PHP try to match them.
So in your case (
$num == 1) you are comparing a String with a literal Integer
Therefore PHP is trying to converting the Sting into a Integer (only for the comparison).
In the end you are already comparing two Integers.
The type conversion does not take place when the Comparison Operator is
!== as this involves comparing the type as well as the value.
$num = '1';, a comparison like
$num === 1 would always return false.
If you like to strip of leading zeros but don't convert the data type, I would use:
$num_as_str = ltrim($num,'0');
If you like to convert the variable to an Integer use this:
$num_as_int = intval($num);
String conversion to numbers
When a string is evaluated in a numeric context, the resulting value and type are determined as follows.
The string will be evaluated as a float if it contains any of the characters '.', 'e', or 'E'. Otherwise it will be evaluated as an integer.
The value is given by the initial portion of the string. If the string starts with valid numeric data, this will be the value used. Otherwise, the value will be 0 (zero). Valid numeric data is an optional sign, followed by one or more digits (optionally containing a decimal point), followed by an optional exponent. The exponent is an 'e' or 'E' followed by one or more digits.