Converting month name to month number using JavaScript

Is there a a better solution than what I have below to convert a month name to a month number using JavaScript or PHP?

I did like this:

$monNum =  date('n',strtotime($staff->curMonth));


You could keep an object of key/value pairs where the key is the month name and the value is the month number:

var months = {
    January: 1,
    February: 2,

and then:

var monthNumber = months['April'];


var monthNumber = months.April;

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