Doug Molineux Doug Molineux - 1 month ago 12
Java Question

Convert String to Calendar Object in Java

I am new to Java, usually work with PHP.

I am trying to convert this string:


Mon Mar 14 16:02:37 GMT 2011


Into a Calendar Object so that I can easily pull the Year and Month like this:

String yearAndMonth = cal.get(Calendar.YEAR)+cal.get(Calendar.MONTH);


Would it be a bad idea to parse it manually? Using a substring method?

Any advice would help thanks!

Answer
Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("EEE MMM dd HH:mm:ss z yyyy", Locale.EN_US);
cal.setTime(sdf.parse("Mon Mar 14 16:02:37 GMT 2011"));// all done

note: set Locale according to your environment/requirement


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