Convert String MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss to Milliseconds in Java

I need to know if there is a way to convert a string in MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss format to its equivalent in milliseconds (Epoch time) in Java?  I have a string in this format that I need to convert to milliseconds so I can send the converted value through my program that requires the time to be in this format.  Any help would be appreciated.  
rknealAsked:
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Ajay-SinghCommented:
You can use SimpleDateFormat to parse and get the epoach

String text = ... // Date text
Date date = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss").parse(text);
long epoach = date.getTime();
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Thomas4019Commented:
Use the class SimpleDateFormat.
String date = "......";
SimpleDateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss");
Date d = format.parse(date);
long time = d.getTime();

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rknealAuthor Commented:
I was able to resolve my issue by using the following try...catch block.  I attempt to parse the string as a long and if that fails then parse the string as a date.

 Date localDate = new Date();
        try
        {
          localDate.setTime(Long.parseLong(paramString));
        }
        catch (NumberFormatException localNumberFormatException)
        {
          localDate.setTime(Date.parse(paramString));
        }
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