Java.time API: Examples and Reference for Dealing with Date/Time on Java 8+

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All Examples are in Scala but they should be easy to translate to Java if need be

Format a ZonedDateTime according to a format String

You need to use java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter; you can use predefined constants like ISO_DATE or you can define you own pattern:

Using predefined patterns via constants:

import java.time._
import java.time.format._

// as of this posting
val zdt =
//res0: zdt: java.time.ZonedDateTime = 2016-04-01T02:07:22.549-03:00[America/Sao_Paulo]

// using useful constants in class DateTimeFormatter
// res1: String = 2016-04-01-03:00

Using custom patterns:

// using a custom string with .ofPattern()
//res2: String = 2016-04-01

Converting an epoch time into a ZonedDateTime object

Epoch time (also know as Unix time) is the number of seconds (or milliseconds) elapsed since 1 January, 1970. GMT

import java.time._

//using milliseconds

// refers to Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:28:28.075 GMT
val millis = 1472495308075L
val asZdtMillis = Instant.ofEpochMilli(millis).atZone(ZoneId.of("UTC"))
//asZdtMillis: java.time.ZonedDateTime = 2016-08-29T18:28:28.075Z[UTC]
import java.time._

// using seconds

// refers to Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:28:28 GMT
// (same date as above, without milliseconds)
val seconds = 1472495308L
val asZdtSeconds = Instant.ofEpochSecond(seconds).atZone(ZoneId.of("UTC"))
// java.time.ZonedDateTime = 2016-08-29T18:28:28Z[UTC]

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