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Custom Date Format with SimpleDateFormat class

Discussion in 'Java' started by pradeep, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. pradeep

    pradeep Team Leader


    A pattern of special characters is used to specify the format of the date. The example below demonstrates some of the characters. For a complete listing, see the javadoc documentation for the SimpleDateFormat class.

    Note: This example formats dates using the default locale (which, in the author's case, is Locale.ENGLISH). If the example is run in a different locale, the text (e.g., month names) will not be the same.

    The code ...

     Format formatter;
           // The year
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yy");    // 06
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy");  // 2006
           // The month
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("M");     // 9
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM");    // 09
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MMM");   // Oct
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MMMM");  // October
           // The day
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("d");     // 9
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("dd");    // 09
           // The day in week
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("E");     // Sat
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("EEEE");  // Saturday
           // Get today's date
           Date date = new Date();
           // Some examples
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yy");
           String s = formatter.format(date);
           // 10/29/06
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("dd-MMM-yy");
           s = formatter.format(date);
           // 29-Oct-06
           // Examples with date and time; see also
           // e316 Formatting the Time Using a Custom Format
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy.MM.dd.HH.mm.ss");
           s = formatter.format(date);
           // 2006.
           formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("E, dd MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss Z");
           s = formatter.format(date);
           // Sat, 07 Oct 2006 22:14:02 +0530

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