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not able to get the  validation correct

Posted on 2014-10-11
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Last Modified: 2014-10-24
i need some help on resolving this program

My input should  be HH:MM:SS

HH should be between 00 and 24
MM should be between 00 to 59
SS should be between 00 to 59
24:00:00 is a valid clock but not beyond 24:00:00 when HH is 24, MM and SS should be 00
Invalid inputs are listed below


nulll and empty input string
wrong delimiter such as 00|00|23,
should not accept AA:BB:CC
negative value -01:29:-04 should not accept

Pls find the program it is not validating that

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class Berlinclass {

	 public String[] convertToBerlinTime(String time) {
	        List<Integer> parts = new ArrayList<Integer>();
	        for (String part : time.split(":")) {
	        return new String[] {

	    protected String getSeconds(int number) {
	        if (number % 2 == 0) return "Y";
	        else return "O";

	    protected String getTopHours(int number) {
	        return getOnOff(4, getTopNumberOfOnSigns(number));

	    protected String getBottomHours(int number) {
	        return getOnOff(4, number % 5);

	    protected String getTopMinutes(int number) {
	        return getOnOff(11, getTopNumberOfOnSigns(number), "Y").replaceAll("YYY", "YYR");

	    protected String getBottomMinutes(int number) {
	        return getOnOff(4, number % 5, "Y");

	    // Default value for onSign would be useful
	    private String getOnOff(int lamps, int onSigns) {
	        return getOnOff(lamps, onSigns, "R");
	    private String getOnOff(int lamps, int onSigns, String onSign) {
	        String out = "";
	        // String multiplication would be useful
	        for (int i = 0; i < onSigns; i++) {
	            out += onSign;
	        for (int i = 0; i < (lamps - onSigns); i++) {
	            out += "O";
	        return out;

	    private int getTopNumberOfOnSigns(int number) {
	        return (number - (number % 5)) / 5;


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Question by:roy_sanu
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Expert Comment

ID: 40375311
Whoa, that's a lot of code.

You should check out "SimpleDateFormat" - it's designed to do exactly what you're trying to do by hand.  It'll throw a ParseException if the inputs are invalid.

		SimpleDateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("HH:mm:ss");
			Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance() ;
			String time = "14:10:20";
			cal.setTime(format.parse(time)) ;

			int hours = cal.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY) ;
			int min = cal.get(Calendar.MINUTE) ;
			int sec = cal.get(Calendar.SECOND) ;
			System.out.println(hours + ":" + min + ":" + sec) ;

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Amitkumar Panchal earned 2000 total points
ID: 40375333
24:00:00 is a valid clock but not beyond 24:00:00 when HH is 24, MM and SS should be 00

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Does it mean 00:00:00 and 24:00:00 are same ? I believe range should be from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59.

And as mentioned by dpearson, you will need to use SimpleDateFormat. It will throw an exception if the input is not as per the specified format or invalid. You dont need to reinvent the wheel again.

Refer to get an idea how to achieve the objective.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40375590
you will need to use SimpleDateFormat. It will throw an exception if the input is not as per the specified format or invalid. You dont need to reinvent the wheel again.
I agree, but you need to know that it IS possible to get invalid data past it unless you call setLenient(false) on the DateFormat

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