Date question

I'm about to do this process... blah

I am passing in a string of dates and displaying it in a java applet.

Say I have a line graph, I want to display the dates in order from X1 to X2 and they need to be spaced depending on the difference of the date...

for example

dates[0] = "04/04/2002 5:00:00AM"
dates[1] = "04/04/2002 2:00:00PM"
dates[2] = "04/04/2002 4:00:00PM"

should display something like


---|-------------------------------------|----|




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thunderchickenAsked:
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Venci75Connect With a Mentor Commented:
try this:

// the date format
java.text.SimpleDateFormat date_format = new java.text.SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy h:mm:ssa");
// initializing the date strings
String[] dates = new String[3];
dates[0] = "04/04/2002 5:00:00AM";
dates[1] = "04/04/2002 2:00:00PM";
dates[2] = "04/04/2002 4:00:00PM";

// getting the dates as longs
long[] datearray = new long[3];
datearray[0] = date_format.parse(dates[0]).getTime();
datearray[1] = date_format.parse(dates[1]).getTime();
datearray[2] = date_format.parse(dates[2]).getTime();
// sorting
Arrays.sort(datearray);
// getting the difference
datearray[2] = datearray[2] - datearray[1];
datearray[1] = datearray[1] - datearray[0];
datearray[0] = 0;
// rounding to hours
datearray[1] /= 1000 * 60 * 60;
datearray[2] /= 1000 * 60 * 60;
System.out.println();
for (int i = 0; i < 3; i++) {
    for (int j=0; j < datearray[i]; j++)
        System.out.print("-");
    System.out.print("|");
}
System.out.println();
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thunderchickenAuthor Commented:
???

C:\inetpub\wwwroot\graph.java:34: Exception java.text.ParseException must be cau
ght, or it must be declared in the throws clause of this method.

aryDTdiff[i] = date_format.parse(arydates[i]).getTime();

                                ^

import java.awt.*;
import java.applet.Applet;
import java.lang.Object;
import java.lang.String;
import java.util.StringTokenizer;
import java.lang.*;
import java.lang.Math;
import java.text.*;

public class graph extends Applet
{
     public void paint(Graphics g)
     {
           int Y1 = 10;
           int Y2 = 350;
           int X1 = 50;
           int X2 = 550;
           int ySpan = 8;
           
          String dates = getParameter("date");
          String data = getParameter("data");
         
          java.text.SimpleDateFormat date_format = new java.text.SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy h:mm:ssa");
         
          StringTokenizer aryData = new StringTokenizer(data,",");
          StringTokenizer aryDates = new StringTokenizer(dates,",");
          int numitems = aryData.countTokens();
         
          String[] arydates = new String[numitems];
          long[] aryDTdiff = new long[numitems];
          for (int i=0;i<numitems;i++)
          {
               arydates[i] = aryDates.nextToken();
               aryDTdiff[i] = date_format.parse(arydates[i]).getTime();
          }
          //initalize them
          float lowVal = Float.valueOf(aryData.nextToken()).floatValue();
          float highVal = lowVal;
         
          for (int i=1;i<numitems;i++)
          {
             float tempVal = Float.valueOf((aryData.nextToken())).floatValue();
             
             if (tempVal > highVal) highVal = tempVal;
             if (tempVal < lowVal) lowVal = tempVal;
           
          }
         
          //cycle through the Y Coordinate values
          g.drawString(Float.toString(highVal+1.0f),X1-35,Y1+5);
          g.drawLine(X1-2,Y1,X1+5,Y1);
         
         
          NumberFormat nf = NumberFormat.getNumberInstance();
               
          for (int i=1; i<=ySpan;i++)
          {
               double d = (highVal - (highVal-lowVal)/ySpan) - (highVal-lowVal)/ySpan * i;
               nf.setMaximumFractionDigits(2);
               d = new Double(nf.format(d)).doubleValue();
               float f = (float)d;
               g.drawLine(X1-2,(Y2-Y1)/ySpan*i,X1+5,(Y2-Y1)/ySpan*i);
                g.drawString(Float.toString(f),X1-35,(Y2-Y1)/ySpan*i + 5);
         
               
          }
         
         
          //draw graph layout thingy
          g.setColor(Color.black);
          g.drawLine(X1,Y1,X1,Y2);
          g.drawLine(X1,Y2,X2,Y2);
         
         
          float[] aryItems = new float[numitems];
         
               
     } // end paint
}// end graph Applet
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thunderchickenAuthor Commented:
Thanks, i figured out the try/catch thingy.  I'll be asking more questions later...
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