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Added in API level 1

Date

public class Date
extends Object implements Serializable, Cloneable, Comparable<Date>

java.lang.Object
   ↳ java.util.Date
Known Direct Subclasses


The class Date represents a specific instant in time, with millisecond precision.

Prior to JDK 1.1, the class Date had two additional functions. It allowed the interpretation of dates as year, month, day, hour, minute, and second values. It also allowed the formatting and parsing of date strings. Unfortunately, the API for these functions was not amenable to internationalization. As of JDK 1.1, the Calendar class should be used to convert between dates and time fields and the DateFormat class should be used to format and parse date strings. The corresponding methods in Date are deprecated.

Although the Date class is intended to reflect coordinated universal time (UTC), it may not do so exactly, depending on the host environment of the Java Virtual Machine. Nearly all modern operating systems assume that 1 day = 24 × 60 × 60 = 86400 seconds in all cases. In UTC, however, about once every year or two there is an extra second, called a "leap second." The leap second is always added as the last second of the day, and always on December 31 or June 30. For example, the last minute of the year 1995 was 61 seconds long, thanks to an added leap second. Most computer clocks are not accurate enough to be able to reflect the leap-second distinction.

Some computer standards are defined in terms of Greenwich mean time (GMT), which is equivalent to universal time (UT). GMT is the "civil" name for the standard; UT is the "scientific" name for the same standard. The distinction between UTC and UT is that UTC is based on an atomic clock and UT is based on astronomical observations, which for all practical purposes is an invisibly fine hair to split. Because the earth's rotation is not uniform (it slows down and speeds up in complicated ways), UT does not always flow uniformly. Leap seconds are introduced as needed into UTC so as to keep UTC within 0.9 seconds of UT1, which is a version of UT with certain corrections applied. There are other time and date systems as well; for example, the time scale used by the satellite-based global positioning system (GPS) is synchronized to UTC but is not adjusted for leap seconds. An interesting source of further information is the U.S. Naval Observatory, particularly the Directorate of Time at:

     http://tycho.usno.navy.mil
 

and their definitions of "Systems of Time" at:

     http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/systime.html
 

In all methods of class Date that accept or return year, month, date, hours, minutes, and seconds values, the following representations are used:

In all cases, arguments given to methods for these purposes need not fall within the indicated ranges; for example, a date may be specified as January 32 and is interpreted as meaning February 1.

See also:

Summary

Public constructors

Date()

Allocates a Date object and initializes it so that it represents the time at which it was allocated, measured to the nearest millisecond.

Date(long date)

Allocates a Date object and initializes it to represent the specified number of milliseconds since the standard base time known as "the epoch", namely January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT.

Date(int year, int month, int date)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date).

Date(int year, int month, int date, int hrs, int min)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min).

Date(int year, int month, int date, int hrs, int min, int sec)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec).

Date(String s)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.parse(String s).

Public methods

static long UTC(int year, int month, int date, int hrs, int min, int sec)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec), using a UTC TimeZone, followed by Calendar.getTime().getTime().

boolean after(Date when)

Tests if this date is after the specified date.

boolean before(Date when)

Tests if this date is before the specified date.

Object clone()

Return a copy of this object.

int compareTo(Date anotherDate)

Compares two Dates for ordering.

boolean equals(Object obj)

Compares two dates for equality.

int getDate()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH).

int getDay()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_WEEK).

int getHours()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY).

int getMinutes()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.MINUTE).

int getMonth()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.MONTH).

int getSeconds()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.SECOND).

long getTime()

Returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT represented by this Date object.

int getTimezoneOffset()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by -(Calendar.get(Calendar.ZONE_OFFSET) + Calendar.get(Calendar.DST_OFFSET)) / (60 * 1000).

int getYear()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.YEAR) - 1900.

int hashCode()

Returns a hash code value for this object.

static long parse(String s)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.parse(String s).

void setDate(int date)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, int date).

void setHours(int hours)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY, int hours).

void setMinutes(int minutes)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.MINUTE, int minutes).

void setMonth(int month)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.MONTH, int month).

void setSeconds(int seconds)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.SECOND, int seconds).

void setTime(long time)

Sets this Date object to represent a point in time that is time milliseconds after January 1, 1970 00:00:00 GMT.

void setYear(int year)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.YEAR, year + 1900).

String toGMTString()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.format(Date date), using a GMT TimeZone.

String toLocaleString()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.format(Date date).

String toString()

Converts this Date object to a String of the form:

 dow mon dd hh:mm:ss zzz yyyy
where:
  • dow is the day of the week (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat).

Inherited methods

From class java.lang.Object
From interface java.lang.Comparable

Public constructors

Date

Added in API level 1
Date ()

Allocates a Date object and initializes it so that it represents the time at which it was allocated, measured to the nearest millisecond.

See also:

Date

Added in API level 1
Date (long date)

Allocates a Date object and initializes it to represent the specified number of milliseconds since the standard base time known as "the epoch", namely January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT.

Parameters
date long: the milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT.

See also:

Date

Added in API level 1
Date (int year, 
                int month, 
                int date)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date).

Allocates a Date object and initializes it so that it represents midnight, local time, at the beginning of the day specified by the year, month, and date arguments.

Parameters
year int: the year minus 1900.
month int: the month between 0-11.
date int: the day of the month between 1-31.

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Date

Added in API level 1
Date (int year, 
                int month, 
                int date, 
                int hrs, 
                int min)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min).

Allocates a Date object and initializes it so that it represents the instant at the start of the minute specified by the year, month, date, hrs, and min arguments, in the local time zone.

Parameters
year int: the year minus 1900.
month int: the month between 0-11.
date int: the day of the month between 1-31.
hrs int: the hours between 0-23.
min int: the minutes between 0-59.

See also:

Date

Added in API level 1
Date (int year, 
                int month, 
                int date, 
                int hrs, 
                int min, 
                int sec)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec).

Allocates a Date object and initializes it so that it represents the instant at the start of the second specified by the year, month, date, hrs, min, and sec arguments, in the local time zone.

Parameters
year int: the year minus 1900.
month int: the month between 0-11.
date int: the day of the month between 1-31.
hrs int: the hours between 0-23.
min int: the minutes between 0-59.
sec int: the seconds between 0-59.

See also:

Date

Added in API level 1
Date (String s)

This constructor was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.parse(String s).

Allocates a Date object and initializes it so that it represents the date and time indicated by the string s, which is interpreted as if by the parse(String) method.

Parameters
s String: a string representation of the date.

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Public methods

UTC

Added in API level 1
long UTC (int year, 
                int month, 
                int date, 
                int hrs, 
                int min, 
                int sec)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec) or GregorianCalendar(year + 1900, month, date, hrs, min, sec), using a UTC TimeZone, followed by Calendar.getTime().getTime().

Determines the date and time based on the arguments. The arguments are interpreted as a year, month, day of the month, hour of the day, minute within the hour, and second within the minute, exactly as for the Date constructor with six arguments, except that the arguments are interpreted relative to UTC rather than to the local time zone. The time indicated is returned represented as the distance, measured in milliseconds, of that time from the epoch (00:00:00 GMT on January 1, 1970).

Parameters
year int: the year minus 1900.
month int: the month between 0-11.
date int: the day of the month between 1-31.
hrs int: the hours between 0-23.
min int: the minutes between 0-59.
sec int: the seconds between 0-59.
Returns
long the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT for the date and time specified by the arguments.

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after

Added in API level 1
boolean after (Date when)

Tests if this date is after the specified date.

Parameters
when Date: a date.
Returns
boolean true if and only if the instant represented by this Date object is strictly later than the instant represented by when; false otherwise.
Throws
NullPointerException if when is null.

before

Added in API level 1
boolean before (Date when)

Tests if this date is before the specified date.

Parameters
when Date: a date.
Returns
boolean true if and only if the instant of time represented by this Date object is strictly earlier than the instant represented by when; false otherwise.
Throws
NullPointerException if when is null.

clone

Added in API level 1
Object clone ()

Return a copy of this object.

Returns
Object a clone of this instance.

compareTo

Added in API level 1
int compareTo (Date anotherDate)

Compares two Dates for ordering.

Parameters
anotherDate Date: the Date to be compared.
Returns
int the value 0 if the argument Date is equal to this Date; a value less than 0 if this Date is before the Date argument; and a value greater than 0 if this Date is after the Date argument.
Throws
NullPointerException if anotherDate is null.

equals

Added in API level 1
boolean equals (Object obj)

Compares two dates for equality. The result is true if and only if the argument is not null and is a Date object that represents the same point in time, to the millisecond, as this object.

Thus, two Date objects are equal if and only if the getTime method returns the same long value for both.

Parameters
obj Object: the object to compare with.
Returns
boolean true if the objects are the same; false otherwise.

See also:

getDate

Added in API level 1
int getDate ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH).

Returns the day of the month represented by this Date object. The value returned is between 1 and 31 representing the day of the month that contains or begins with the instant in time represented by this Date object, as interpreted in the local time zone.

Returns
int the day of the month represented by this date.

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getDay

Added in API level 1
int getDay ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_WEEK).

Returns the day of the week represented by this date. The returned value (0 = Sunday, 1 = Monday, 2 = Tuesday, 3 = Wednesday, 4 = Thursday, 5 = Friday, 6 = Saturday) represents the day of the week that contains or begins with the instant in time represented by this Date object, as interpreted in the local time zone.

Returns
int the day of the week represented by this date.

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getHours

Added in API level 1
int getHours ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY).

Returns the hour represented by this Date object. The returned value is a number (0 through 23) representing the hour within the day that contains or begins with the instant in time represented by this Date object, as interpreted in the local time zone.

Returns
int the hour represented by this date.

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getMinutes

Added in API level 1
int getMinutes ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.MINUTE).

Returns the number of minutes past the hour represented by this date, as interpreted in the local time zone. The value returned is between 0 and 59.

Returns
int the number of minutes past the hour represented by this date.

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getMonth

Added in API level 1
int getMonth ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.MONTH).

Returns a number representing the month that contains or begins with the instant in time represented by this Date object. The value returned is between 0 and 11, with the value 0 representing January.

Returns
int the month represented by this date.

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getSeconds

Added in API level 1
int getSeconds ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.SECOND).

Returns the number of seconds past the minute represented by this date. The value returned is between 0 and 61. The values 60 and 61 can only occur on those Java Virtual Machines that take leap seconds into account.

Returns
int the number of seconds past the minute represented by this date.

See also:

getTime

Added in API level 1
long getTime ()

Returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT represented by this Date object.

Returns
long the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT represented by this date.

getTimezoneOffset

Added in API level 1
int getTimezoneOffset ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by -(Calendar.get(Calendar.ZONE_OFFSET) + Calendar.get(Calendar.DST_OFFSET)) / (60 * 1000).

Returns the offset, measured in minutes, for the local time zone relative to UTC that is appropriate for the time represented by this Date object.

For example, in Massachusetts, five time zones west of Greenwich:

 new Date(96, 1, 14).getTimezoneOffset() returns 300
because on February 14, 1996, standard time (Eastern Standard Time) is in use, which is offset five hours from UTC; but:
 new Date(96, 5, 1).getTimezoneOffset() returns 240
because on June 1, 1996, daylight saving time (Eastern Daylight Time) is in use, which is offset only four hours from UTC.

This method produces the same result as if it computed:

 (this.getTime() - UTC(this.getYear(),
                       this.getMonth(),
                       this.getDate(),
                       this.getHours(),
                       this.getMinutes(),
                       this.getSeconds())) / (60 * 1000)
 

Returns
int the time-zone offset, in minutes, for the current time zone.

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getYear

Added in API level 1
int getYear ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.get(Calendar.YEAR) - 1900.

Returns a value that is the result of subtracting 1900 from the year that contains or begins with the instant in time represented by this Date object, as interpreted in the local time zone.

Returns
int the year represented by this date, minus 1900.

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hashCode

Added in API level 1
int hashCode ()

Returns a hash code value for this object. The result is the exclusive OR of the two halves of the primitive long value returned by the getTime() method. That is, the hash code is the value of the expression:

 (int)(this.getTime()^(this.getTime() >>> 32))

Returns
int a hash code value for this object.

parse

Added in API level 1
long parse (String s)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.parse(String s).

Attempts to interpret the string s as a representation of a date and time. If the attempt is successful, the time indicated is returned represented as the distance, measured in milliseconds, of that time from the epoch (00:00:00 GMT on January 1, 1970). If the attempt fails, an IllegalArgumentException is thrown.

It accepts many syntaxes; in particular, it recognizes the IETF standard date syntax: "Sat, 12 Aug 1995 13:30:00 GMT". It also understands the continental U.S. time-zone abbreviations, but for general use, a time-zone offset should be used: "Sat, 12 Aug 1995 13:30:00 GMT+0430" (4 hours, 30 minutes west of the Greenwich meridian). If no time zone is specified, the local time zone is assumed. GMT and UTC are considered equivalent.

The string s is processed from left to right, looking for data of interest. Any material in s that is within the ASCII parenthesis characters ( and ) is ignored. Parentheses may be nested. Otherwise, the only characters permitted within s are these ASCII characters:

 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
 0123456789,+-:/
and whitespace characters.

A consecutive sequence of decimal digits is treated as a decimal number:

  • If a number is preceded by + or - and a year has already been recognized, then the number is a time-zone offset. If the number is less than 24, it is an offset measured in hours. Otherwise, it is regarded as an offset in minutes, expressed in 24-hour time format without punctuation. A preceding - means a westward offset. Time zone offsets are always relative to UTC (Greenwich). Thus, for example, -5 occurring in the string would mean "five hours west of Greenwich" and +0430 would mean "four hours and thirty minutes east of Greenwich." It is permitted for the string to specify GMT, UT, or UTC redundantly-for example, GMT-5 or utc+0430.
  • The number is regarded as a year number if one of the following conditions is true:
    • The number is equal to or greater than 70 and followed by a space, comma, slash, or end of string
    • The number is less than 70, and both a month and a day of the month have already been recognized
    If the recognized year number is less than 100, it is interpreted as an abbreviated year relative to a century of which dates are within 80 years before and 19 years after the time when the Date class is initialized. After adjusting the year number, 1900 is subtracted from it. For example, if the current year is 1999 then years in the range 19 to 99 are assumed to mean 1919 to 1999, while years from 0 to 18 are assumed to mean 2000 to 2018. Note that this is slightly different from the interpretation of years less than 100 that is used in SimpleDateFormat.
  • If the number is followed by a colon, it is regarded as an hour, unless an hour has already been recognized, in which case it is regarded as a minute.
  • If the number is followed by a slash, it is regarded as a month (it is decreased by 1 to produce a number in the range 0 to 11), unless a month has already been recognized, in which case it is regarded as a day of the month.
  • If the number is followed by whitespace, a comma, a hyphen, or end of string, then if an hour has been recognized but not a minute, it is regarded as a minute; otherwise, if a minute has been recognized but not a second, it is regarded as a second; otherwise, it is regarded as a day of the month.

A consecutive sequence of letters is regarded as a word and treated as follows:

  • A word that matches AM, ignoring case, is ignored (but the parse fails if an hour has not been recognized or is less than 1 or greater than 12).
  • A word that matches PM, ignoring case, adds 12 to the hour (but the parse fails if an hour has not been recognized or is less than 1 or greater than 12).
  • Any word that matches any prefix of SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, or SATURDAY, ignoring case, is ignored. For example, sat, Friday, TUE, and Thurs are ignored.
  • Otherwise, any word that matches any prefix of JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, or DECEMBER, ignoring case, and considering them in the order given here, is recognized as specifying a month and is converted to a number (0 to 11). For example, aug, Sept, april, and NOV are recognized as months. So is Ma, which is recognized as MARCH, not MAY.
  • Any word that matches GMT, UT, or UTC, ignoring case, is treated as referring to UTC.
  • Any word that matches EST, CST, MST, or PST, ignoring case, is recognized as referring to the time zone in North America that is five, six, seven, or eight hours west of Greenwich, respectively. Any word that matches EDT, CDT, MDT, or PDT, ignoring case, is recognized as referring to the same time zone, respectively, during daylight saving time.

Once the entire string s has been scanned, it is converted to a time result in one of two ways. If a time zone or time-zone offset has been recognized, then the year, month, day of month, hour, minute, and second are interpreted in UTC and then the time-zone offset is applied. Otherwise, the year, month, day of month, hour, minute, and second are interpreted in the local time zone.

Parameters
s String: a string to be parsed as a date.
Returns
long the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT represented by the string argument.

See also:

setDate

Added in API level 1
void setDate (int date)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, int date).

Sets the day of the month of this Date object to the specified value. This Date object is modified so that it represents a point in time within the specified day of the month, with the year, month, hour, minute, and second the same as before, as interpreted in the local time zone. If the date was April 30, for example, and the date is set to 31, then it will be treated as if it were on May 1, because April has only 30 days.

Parameters
date int: the day of the month value between 1-31.

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setHours

Added in API level 1
void setHours (int hours)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY, int hours).

Sets the hour of this Date object to the specified value. This Date object is modified so that it represents a point in time within the specified hour of the day, with the year, month, date, minute, and second the same as before, as interpreted in the local time zone.

Parameters
hours int: the hour value.

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setMinutes

Added in API level 1
void setMinutes (int minutes)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.MINUTE, int minutes).

Sets the minutes of this Date object to the specified value. This Date object is modified so that it represents a point in time within the specified minute of the hour, with the year, month, date, hour, and second the same as before, as interpreted in the local time zone.

Parameters
minutes int: the value of the minutes.

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setMonth

Added in API level 1
void setMonth (int month)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.MONTH, int month).

Sets the month of this date to the specified value. This Date object is modified so that it represents a point in time within the specified month, with the year, date, hour, minute, and second the same as before, as interpreted in the local time zone. If the date was October 31, for example, and the month is set to June, then the new date will be treated as if it were on July 1, because June has only 30 days.

Parameters
month int: the month value between 0-11.

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setSeconds

Added in API level 1
void setSeconds (int seconds)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.SECOND, int seconds).

Sets the seconds of this Date to the specified value. This Date object is modified so that it represents a point in time within the specified second of the minute, with the year, month, date, hour, and minute the same as before, as interpreted in the local time zone.

Parameters
seconds int: the seconds value.

See also:

setTime

Added in API level 1
void setTime (long time)

Sets this Date object to represent a point in time that is time milliseconds after January 1, 1970 00:00:00 GMT.

Parameters
time long: the number of milliseconds.

setYear

Added in API level 1
void setYear (int year)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by Calendar.set(Calendar.YEAR, year + 1900).

Sets the year of this Date object to be the specified value plus 1900. This Date object is modified so that it represents a point in time within the specified year, with the month, date, hour, minute, and second the same as before, as interpreted in the local time zone. (Of course, if the date was February 29, for example, and the year is set to a non-leap year, then the new date will be treated as if it were on March 1.)

Parameters
year int: the year value.

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toGMTString

Added in API level 1
String toGMTString ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.format(Date date), using a GMT TimeZone.

Creates a string representation of this Date object of the form: d mon yyyy hh:mm:ss GMT where:

  • d is the day of the month (1 through 31), as one or two decimal digits.
  • mon is the month (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec).
  • yyyy is the year, as four decimal digits.
  • hh is the hour of the day (00 through 23), as two decimal digits.
  • mm is the minute within the hour (00 through 59), as two decimal digits.
  • ss is the second within the minute (00 through 61), as two decimal digits.
  • GMT is exactly the ASCII letters "GMT" to indicate Greenwich Mean Time.

The result does not depend on the local time zone.

Returns
String a string representation of this date, using the Internet GMT conventions.

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toLocaleString

Added in API level 1
String toLocaleString ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
As of JDK version 1.1, replaced by DateFormat.format(Date date).

Creates a string representation of this Date object in an implementation-dependent form. The intent is that the form should be familiar to the user of the Java application, wherever it may happen to be running. The intent is comparable to that of the "%c" format supported by the strftime() function of ISO C.

Returns
String a string representation of this date, using the locale conventions.

See also:

toString

Added in API level 1
String toString ()

Converts this Date object to a String of the form:

 dow mon dd hh:mm:ss zzz yyyy
where:
  • dow is the day of the week (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat).
  • mon is the month (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec).
  • dd is the day of the month (01 through 31), as two decimal digits.
  • hh is the hour of the day (00 through 23), as two decimal digits.
  • mm is the minute within the hour (00 through 59), as two decimal digits.
  • ss is the second within the minute (00 through 61, as two decimal digits.
  • zzz is the time zone (and may reflect daylight saving time). Standard time zone abbreviations include those recognized by the method parse. If time zone information is not available, then zzz is empty - that is, it consists of no characters at all.
  • yyyy is the year, as four decimal digits.

Returns
String a string representation of this date.

See also:

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