Nova Framework

Using Carbon time ago aka diffForHumans() with Nova Framework

Carbon is an amazing date library that is included with Nova. One of it’s features is being able to convert ‘2017-03-09 08:01:00’ into a readable format of ‘2 Hours ago‘

By default Nova will convert the created_at, updated_at, and deleted_at columns to instances of Carbon. Allowing to use diffForHumans() call:


This will output the time in a readable format like ‘2 hours ago’

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David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.