Re: how to make SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd") enforce 4 digit years?

"Daniel Pitts" <>
9 Apr 2007 16:18:05 -0700
On Apr 9, 4:06 pm, "Jeff Bender" <> wrote:

I want to show an error if a user enters a date with less than 4

I have this:
DateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
but format.parse("123-10-12") doesn't throw a parse exception. How do
I make a SDF that will throw an exception in that case?

I don't actually see the benefit.
If you REALLY care, you can test a regex.

import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;

public class Test {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws ParseException {
        String dateString = "123-10-12";
        Date date = parseDate(dateString);


    private static Date parseDate(String dateString) throws
ParseException {
        SimpleDateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
        if (!dateString.matches("[0-9]{4,4}-[0-9]+-[0-9]+")) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException("Not a valid date");

        return format.parse(dateString);

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