java.util
Class Date

java.lang.Object
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public class Date
extends Object

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

This Class has been subset for the MID Profile based on JDK 1.3. In the full API, 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 = 24x60x60 = 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.

See Also:
TimeZone, Calendar

Constructor Summary
Date()
          Allocates a Date object and initializes it to represent the current time specified number of milliseconds since the standard base time known as "the epoch", namely January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT.
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.
 
Method Summary
 boolean equals(Object obj)
          Compares two dates for equality.
 long getTime()
          Returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT represented by this Date object.
 int hashCode()
          Returns a hash code value for this object.
 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.
 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).
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
getClass, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

Date

public Date()
Allocates a Date object and initializes it to represent the current time specified number of milliseconds since the standard base time known as "the epoch", namely January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT.
See Also:
System.currentTimeMillis()

Date

public 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 - the milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT.
See Also:
System.currentTimeMillis()
Method Detail

equals

public 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.

Overrides:
equals in class Object
Parameters:
obj - the object to compare with.
Returns:
true if the objects are the same; false otherwise.
See Also:
getTime()

getTime

public long getTime()
Returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT represented by this Date object.
Returns:
the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT represented by this date.

hashCode

public 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))
Overrides:
hashCode in class Object
Returns:
a hash code value for this object.

setTime

public 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 - the number of milliseconds.

toString

public 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 savings time). 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.
Overrides:
toString in class Object
Returns:
a string representation of this date.
Since:
CLDC 1.1


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