how to compare formatted String with int

Hi i have two formatted String in this format "mm/dd/yyyy" for which I used the formatter.format method and the name are
events_start_date and events_end_date. I need to compare these two String with another String in this format date="20060416".
I need to create an if statement like this

if (events_start_date <=date && events_end_date>=date)Then{ }

Now how can I compare these two differnt format strings. Please help
royalcyberAsked:
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CEHJCommented:
You need to turn them into Date and then do the comparision
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royalcyberAuthor Commented:
How can I turn them into dates
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CEHJCommented:
DateFormat df1 = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy" ):
DateFormat df2 = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyyMMdd" ):
Date d1 = df1.parse(s1); // 's' is String
Date d2 = df2.parse(s2);


You can now compare them. See java.util.Date javadoc
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royalcyberAuthor Commented:
is the date java.util.date or java.sql.date
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royalcyberAuthor Commented:
I saw the javadoc for java.util.Date but there were methods like after, before and equals. Would you know how an I use these methods to acheive this result


 if((start <= date) && (end >= date){{}

Thanks

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CEHJCommented:
if (end.compareTo(date) >= 0 && start.compareTo(date) <= 0)
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objectsCommented:

> if (events_start_date <=date && events_end_date>=date)Then{ }

Date d = df.parse(date);

if (!(d.before(formatter.parse(events_start_date)) ||  d.after(formatter.parse(events_end_date)))
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royalcyberAuthor Commented:
Thanks CEHJ

I am stuck with another question also.

I have two string month and year and I need to find out if the java.util.Date.start_event (only month and year) <= date && java.util.Date.end_event (only month and year) >= date

I concatenated the month and year Strings to one String date.

I tried using the getMonth() method and then compare the month and year seperately but the method is crossed out in JUilder and I am not able to use it

Please help

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CEHJCommented:
Set a Calendar to the Date and clear all but the month and year
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objectsCommented:
use the following to get the month and year from a Date:

Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
cal.setTime(date);

int month = cal.get(Calendar.MONTH);
int year = cal.get(Calendar.YEAR);
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