Seppo420 Seppo420 - 1 year ago 90
Java Question

Next matching Instant

I'm new with the java8 time API, so pardon the poor formulation.

What I'm looking to do is figuring out when it's the next time (starting from a timestamp) a certain criterion is met, and when it stops being met.

For an example let's say I have a millisecond timestamp and I want to figure out what is the next timestamp that is also a Friday at a given timezone.

I also need to figure out when it stops being Friday. As the start might eg. be 4:20 friday afternoon (if that's what the time is) so start + length of unit is not enough.

Obv lots of dirty ways doing this, but I'm looking for an elegant and java8-esque solution. The actual problem I'm facing is a bit more complicated than this, but I think solving the Friday example gives me enough clues to get forward.

Answer Source

First off, you probably want to use ZonedDateTime, since Instant is a count of milliseconds since the epoch, and doesn't really support concepts like "date" or "time" or "day of week".

There isn't really a utility for "find date matching criteria" - afaik, you're going to have to do it yourself.

final Instant startVal =;
final ZonedDateTime date = startVal.atZone(ZoneOffset.UTC); // or whatever
final int daysUntilFriday = (DayOfWeek.FRIDAY.getValue() - date.getDayOfWeek().getValue() + 7) % 7; // +7 to avoid a negative value
final ZonedDateTime startOfNextFriday = date.plusDays(daysUntilFriday).truncatedTo(ChronoUnit.DAYS);
final ZonedDateTime endOfNextFriday = ZonedDateTime.of(startOfNextFriday.toLocalDate(), LocalTime.MAX, startOfNextFriday.getZone());
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