Starting with JDK 8

Starting with JDK 8, SimpleDateFormat can be replaced with a new class—DateTimeFormatter. This is an immutable (and, therefore, thread-safe) class, and is used for printing and parsing date-time objects. This class supports everything from predefined formatters (represented as constants, as the ISO local date, 2011-12-03, is ISO_LOCAL_DATE) to user-defined formatters (relying on a set of symbols for writing custom format patterns).

Moreover, beside the Date class, JDK 8 comes with several new classes, which are dedicated to working with date and time. Some of these classes are shown in the following list (these are also referenced as temporals because they implement the Temporal interface):

  • LocalDate (date without a time ...

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