Re: Possible to treat time in milliseconds as a different time zone?
On 21/05/13 15:58, email@example.com wrote:
I'm using Java 6. I'm trying to see if there's a simple way to convert a long varaible (the number of milliseconds since 1970) to a timezone other than GMT. I have another time zone string, MY_TIMEZONE, which could be a timezone string ("GMT-5"), but I'm figuring out this doesn't work ...
long timeInMs = 1368921600000;
final Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
final java.util.Date dateObj = cal.getTime();
Can I parse the time zone string to get the number of hours difference and then just add that? Grateful for any elegant solutions. Thanks, - Dave
Timezone is an artificial concept.
In Java the Date object represents a particular instant in time, and is the number of milliseconds since 1970. This is
independent of timezone. You can't "convert" it to another timezone. This principle underpins the entire Date, Calendar
and TimeZone concept.
In order to view a Date in "human" terms, i.e. wallclock time, timezones are used. This converts an instant in time
represented by the Date object into a wallclock time in a particular timezone.
For example, the time in UK now is 09:50 BST. This represents a particular instant in time and has an associated Date
value. In New York the wallclock time is 04:50 EDT. However, the Date for the UK time is the same as the Date for the
New York time since they are the same instant in time, only the local representation changes.
So, your code won't work since all timezones will have the same Date for a particular instant in time. Your objective
appears to be backwards. What are you actually trying to achieve?
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