StartingGroovy StartingGroovy - 1 month ago 17
Groovy Question

Groovy String to Date

I am coding this with Groovy

I am currently trying to convert a string that I have to a date without having to do anything too tedious.

String theDate = "28/09/2010 16:02:43";
def newdate = new Date().parse("d/M/yyyy H:m:s", theDate)


Output:

Tue Aug 10 16:02:43 PST 2010


The above code works just fine, however when my string changes to something like:

String testDate = "Tue Aug 10 16:02:43 PST 2010"
def newerdate = new Date().parse("d/M/yyyy H:m:s", testDate)


It tells me that "there is no such value for Tue". I tried to throw an 'E' in the parse for the date but it said the date was not able to be parsed.

Can someone explain how I should go about parsing the second example?

Answer

The first argument to parse() is the expected format. You have to change that to Date.parse("E MMM dd H:m:s z yyyy", testDate) for it to work. (Note you don't need to create a new Date object, it's a static method)

If you don't know in advance what format, you'll have to find a special parsing library for that. In Ruby there's a library called Chronic, but I'm not aware of a Groovy equivalent. Edit: There is a Java port of the library called jChronic, you might want to check it out.