With this function you can get the number of days between two dates. This value is always positive, and incomplete days will be returned as a fraction.
|date1||The first datetime.|
|date2||The datetime to compare it to.|
diff = date_day_span(date_create_datetime(2011, 9, 15, 11, 4, 0), date_current_datetime());
This would set diff to the number of days between 15th September 2011, 11:04.0 and the current date and time.