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Language: Java
Expertise: Beginner
Jan 31, 2019

Creating a Specific Date in Java

To create a new date, you will need a Calendar instance and then you can set the Calendar instance to the date you need.

Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance();

The line above returns a new Calendar instance set to the current time. Calendar has many methods for changing it's date and time or setting it outright. In our case, we'll set it to a specific date.

calendar.set(1980, 6, 2, 8, 0, 0);
Date d = calendar.getTime();

The getTime method returns the Date instance that we need. Keep in mind that the Calendar set methods only set one or more fields, they do not set them all.

Octavia Anghel
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