Chapter 6. The Date and Time API

Time flies like an arrow, and we can easily set a starting point and count forward and backward in seconds. So why is it so hard to deal with time? The problem is humans. All would be easy if we could just tell each other: “Meet me at 1523793600, and don’t be late!” But we want time to relate to daylight and the seasons. That’s where things get complicated. Java 1.0 had a Date class that was, in hindsight, naïve, and had most of its methods deprecated in Java 1.1 when a Calendar class was introduced. Its API wasn’t stellar, its instances ...

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