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Groovy Goodness: Parse Date.toString() Value

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With Groovy 1.8.4 we can parse the output of the Date.toString() method back to a Date. For example we get the string value of a Date from an external source and want to parse it to a Date object. The format of the string must have the pattern "EEE MMM dd HH:mm:ss zzz yyyy" with the US Locale. This is used by the toString() method of the Date class.

import static java.util.Calendar.*

// Create date 10 November 2011.
def cal = Calendar.getInstance(TimeZone.getTimeZone('Europe/Amsterdam'))
def date = cal.time
date.clearTime()
date[YEAR] = 2011
date[MONTH] = NOVEMBER
date[DATE] = 10

// Get toString() value.
def dateToString = date.toString()
assert dateToString == 'Thu Nov 10 00:00:00 CET 2011'

// Replace Nov for Dec in string and 10 for 24.
dateString = dateToString.replace('Nov', 'Dec').replace('10', '24')

// Use parseToStringDate to get new Date.
def newDate = Date.parseToStringDate(dateString)
assert newDate[MONTH] == DECEMBER
assert newDate[DATE] == 24
assert newDate[YEAR] == 2011

 

From http://mrhaki.blogspot.com/2011/11/groovy-goodness-parse-datetostring.html

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