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Tip: Converting a Date to a Certain String Format

Convert a date object into certain format string objects using the supplied pattern string.


The format() method from SimpleDateFormat class helps to convert a Date object into certain format String objects by using the supplied pattern string.

Date today = new Date();
SimpleDateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("dd-MMM-yy"); //pattern is specified here System.out.println(dateFormat.format(today)); //30-Aug-18 
Patterns can be applied again by using applyPattern() 
System.out.println(dateFormat.format(today)); //30-08-2018 
dateFormat.applyPattern("dd-MM-yyyy HH:mm:ss E"); 
System.out.println(dateFormat.format(today)); //30-08-2018 16:26:41 Thu


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Octavia Andreea Anghel is a senior PHP developer currently working as a primary trainer for programming teams that participate at national and international software-development contests. She consults on developing educational projects at a national level. She is a coauthor of the book "XML Technologies--XML in Java" (Albastra, ISBN 978-973-650-210-1), for which she wrote the XML portions. In addition to PHP and XML, she's interested in software architecture, web services, UML, and high-performance unit tests.
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