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how to subtract 2 days from a date and format it in java without using deprecated functions?
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Question by:chisun7679
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A possible solution. You can replace currentDate for the Date you want to substract two days from and change the format for the date in strFormat.

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.GregorianCalendar;

public class SubstractFromDate {

      /**
       * @param args
       */
      public static void main(String[] args) {
            Calendar date = new GregorianCalendar();
            String strFormat = "MM/dd/yyyy";
            Date currentDate = new Date(); //current date
            DateFormat myDateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat(strFormat);
            
            System.out.println("Start date: "+date.toString());
            
            date.setTime(currentDate);
            date.add(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH,-2); //substract 2 days from date
            
       
        try {
              System.out.println("Non formatted date: "+date.toString());
              String formattedDate = myDateFormat.format(date.getTime());
              System.out.println("Formatted date: "+formattedDate);
            } catch (Exception e) {
            System.out.println("Error formatting date: "+e);
            e.printStackTrace();
       }
      }

}
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GregorianCalendar gc=new GregorianCalendar(2007,0,1); // 1 Jan 2007
gc.add(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH,-2);  // subtract two days
SimpleDateFormat sdf=new SimpleDateFormat();  // date formatter
String date=sdf.format(gc.getTime());  // format Date returned from getTime to string

API documentation can be found at: http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/api/

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