I am migrating a component from joomla 2.5 to joomla 3.2, I got an error in the method where am using setOffset

//old version used in joomla 2.5 


I referred the Link : http://docs.joomla.org/Potential_backward_compatibility_issues_in_Joomla_3_and_Joomla_Platform_12.2

//after i  refered the above link i changed my code  like 

if($date === null ) {   
  $date = JFactory::getDate();
  $tz = JFactory::getConfig()->get( 'offset' );

  // new Version 

  $date = $date->format( "%Y-%m-%d" );

but i am getting an error -

DateTime::getTimezone() expects exactly 0 parameters, 1 given  /example.php on line 5 .

Plz need your solution to fix the error

  • In your code is no getTimezone() so where is line 5 in example.php? btw, you can use $date = JFactory::getDate('now', $tz); Apr 26, 2014 at 8:45

1 Answer 1


Finally I found the solution for this Error by passing the object of DateTimeZone as a parameter (notice the $date->setTimezone(new DateTimeZone($tz)); in the code bellow). It's working fine.

if($date === null )
  $date = JFactory::getDate();
  $tz = JFactory::getConfig()->get( 'offset' );

  $date->setTimezone(new DateTimeZone($tz)); //here!

  $date = $date->format( "Y-m-d" );

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