How do I cast a string to a date object

Posted on 2001-08-14
Last Modified: 2010-03-31
Hello, I'm recieving a date as a string through my main method.  How do I cast this string to a date object to be compared to another date object in the class?

Question by:gshoates
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dorothy2 earned 100 total points
ID: 6384847
I wrote a CustomDate class which handled conversion between Strings and Dates. Here is the code for returning dates from strings, and strings from dates. I think the setDate method throws the parsing error if the String parameter is something other than a date.


import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.text.ParseException;
import java.util.Date;

   public static String getDate(java.util.Date d, String type) {
    SimpleDateFormat formatter = null;
    type = type.toUpperCase();
    try {
      if("L".equals(type)) {
        formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
        if(DEBUG_ON) System.out.println("Long chosen.");
      else if("S".equals(type)) {
        formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy");
        if(DEBUG_ON) System.out.println("Short chosen.");
    } catch(Exception ex) {

  public static java.util.Date setDate(String s, String type) {
    SimpleDateFormat formatter = null;
    type = type.toUpperCase();
    try {
      if("L".equals(type)) {
        formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
      else if("S".equals(type)) {
        formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy");
    } catch(Exception pe) { ex.printStackTrace(); }

Author Comment

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Expert Comment

ID: 6387204
DateFormat also has some static methods for returning various 'standard' date/time formats.

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