Generate time ranges with Carbon

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In PHP there is no need to be clever with arrays, especially if you are using Laravel and Collections. There is a function for allmost anything. No need to invent the wheel.

The same goes to dates, and especially the excellent Carbon library with adds some nice features on PHP’s native DateTime.

My goal was to create a list of times between like 10:00 and 14:00 with 15 minute intervals. After some Googling there was some clever solutions until I discovered PHP’s DateInterval, but if you use CarbonInterval, which is build on top of DateInterval you get a nice one-liner like this:

$intervals = CarbonInterval::minutes($timeStep)->toPeriod($start, $end);

Then you will get an array of Carbon-object which you can use however you want:

foreach ($intervals as $date) {
    dump($date->format('H:i'))
}