user01 user01 - 2 months ago 13x
Java Question

Convert timestamp long to normal date format

In my web app, date & time of a user's certain activity is stored(in database) as a timestamp

which on being displayed back to user needs to be converted into normal date/time format.

(Actually my database Cassandra stores the timestamp of when a column was written to it, as a long value( microseconds since 1970 ) which I will use to find out the time of that corresponding user activity)

I am using JSF 2.0(+ primefaces) which I believe has converters that may be helpful for this conversion? Or otherwise how How can I, at best, achieve these conversions?


Let me propose this solution for you. So in your managed bean, do this

public String convertTime(long time){
    Date date = new Date(time);
    Format format = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy MM dd HH:mm:ss");
    return format.format(date);

so in your JSF page, you can do this (assuming foo is the object that contain your time)

<h:dataTable value="#{myBean.convertTime(}" />

If you have multiple pages that want to utilize this method, you can put this in an abstract class and have your managed bean extend this abstract class.

EDIT: Return time with TimeZone

unfortunately, I think SimpleDateFormat will always format the time in local time, so we can use SimpleDateFormat anymore. So to display time in different TimeZone, we can do this

public String convertTimeWithTimeZome(long time){
    Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
    return (cal.get(Calendar.YEAR) + " " + (cal.get(Calendar.MONTH) + 1) + " " 
            + cal.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH) + " " + cal.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY) + ":"
            + cal.get(Calendar.MINUTE));


A better solution is to utilize JodaTime. In my opinion, this API is much better than Calendar (lighter weight, faster and provide more functionality). Plus Calendar.Month of January is 0, that force developer to add 1 to the result, and you have to format the time yourself. Using JodaTime, you can fix all of that. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think JodaTime is incorporated in JDK7