Benjamin Benjamin - 1 year ago 48
Java Question

Java SimpleDateFormat parsing odd result

I've got a question regarding Class SimpleDateFormat.
I want to convert the format of a date string.
The date is 21.11.2011 and I want it to be converted to 111121.

This is my code:

public class Main {

private static final SimpleDateFormat oldSimpleDateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("dd.MM.YYYY");
private static final SimpleDateFormat newSimpleDateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("YYMMdd");
private static String oldDate = "21.11.2011";
private static Date myDate = oldSimpleDateFormat.parse(oldDate, new ParsePosition(0));
private static String newDate = newSimpleDateFormat.format(myDate);

public static void main(String[] args){

The results in the console are Mon Jan 03 00:00:00 CET 2011 and 110103.
So the formatting part works correctly, but the parsing part not as expected.

Answer Source

You are using YYYY (uppercase) when you should be using yyyy (lowercase).

Y means "Week year". y means "year".