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# GregorianCalendar and 12pm

Posted on 2005-03-11
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Dear Experts:

I am trying to display the time in 12-hour format using GregorianCalendar. It works fine on all times except 12pm. Instead of showing 12, it shows 0. How can this be fixed?

import java.util.* ;

public class CalendarTest
{
public static void main(String[] argv)
{
int hour, minute, second;
String time;

Calendar calendar = new GregorianCalendar () ;

//for 12-hour clock
calendar.set(Calendar.AM_PM, Calendar.AM);

// Set current hour, minute and second

hour = calendar.get ( Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY );
minute = calendar.get ( Calendar.MINUTE );
second = calendar.get ( Calendar.SECOND );

time = hour + ":" + minute + ":" + second;

System.out.println("Current time " + time);

}
}
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Expert Comment

ID: 13515191
Easier to use a DateFormat:

SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("h:mm");
System.out.println(sdf.format(calendar.getTime());
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Expert Comment

ID: 13515250
SimpleDateFormat sdf;
sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd hh:ss:mm.SSS");
String effectiveDate = sdf.format(new Date());
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Expert Comment

ID: 13515292
>> It works fine on all times except 12pm
I think 12pm simply doesn't exist.

Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
cal.set(2005, 1, 1, 23, 59, 0);
SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("hh:mm a");
System.out.println(sdf.format(cal.getTime()));
cal.set(2005, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0);
System.out.println(sdf.format(cal.getTime()));

This outputs:
11:59 PM
12:00 AM
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Expert Comment

ID: 13515337
>> I think 12pm simply doesn't exist.
Correction: 12pm is noon, 12am is midnight

01:00 = 1 AM
11:00 = 11 AM
11:59 = 11:59 AM
12:00 = 12 PM
12:30 = 12 PM
13:00 = 1 PM
23:00 = 11 PM
00:00 = 12 AM
00:01 = 12:01 AM
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Expert Comment

ID: 13515343
>> I think 12pm simply doesn't exist.
I meant at midnight
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Expert Comment

ID: 13515349
12:30 = 12:30 PM of course
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Expert Comment

ID: 13515557
Since i see you want hour minutes seconds that sdf should be:

SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("h:mm:ss");
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Expert Comment

ID: 13516084
... and since he's talking about am/pm:

SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("h:mm:ss a");

;Â°)
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Author Comment

ID: 13522261
If I use SimpleDateFormat, how do I get the values for hour, minute and second for 24-hour clock and 12-hour clock?
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ID: 13523987
SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("HH:mm:ss"); // 24

SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("h:mm:ss"); // 12

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:-)
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