Re: Why Java's Time related classes are so confusing and error-prone?

From: (Stefan Ram)
2 Jul 2007 19:25:52 GMT
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Am I using them in-correctly or they are really error-prone?

  Although one might say ?Then, read the manual of
  those classes, first?, you are right, that they often
  do not fit.

  That might be the reason for the third generation (Joda):

  I have also written date and time classes myself and
  prefer to use explicit specification of the time zone,
  whenever appropriate.

  To add 10 minutes to the current time using my classes:

public class Main
  public static void main( java.lang.String[] args )
    final de.dclj.ram.system.gregorian.DefaultJavaInstant t =
    new de.dclj.ram.system.gregorian.DefaultJavaInstant(); t );

    ( new de.dclj.ram.notation.iso8601.Instant( t ));

    t.add( 1. / 24 / 60 * 10 );

    ( new de.dclj.ram.notation.iso8601.Instant( t )); }



  Here the time zone is part of the default toString()-result,
  so that one becomes aware of it. IIRC, the zone ?+02:00? is
  stamped on the instant by ?setToWallClock?.

  To get a time difference between two dates, one also usually
  specifies the zone explicitly, when using my classes:

public class Main
{ public static void main( final java.lang.String[] args )
  throws java.text.ParseException
    final double now =
    new de.dclj.ram.notation.iso8601.Instant
    ( "2005-05-22T14:12:23+02:00" ).doubleValue();
    final double then =
    new de.dclj.ram.notation.iso8601.Instant
    ( "1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00" ).doubleValue();

    final double diff = now - then;

    final double ms = 1. / 24 / 60 / 60 / 1000;

    java.lang.System.out.println( diff / ms ); }}


  Responding to criticism, I plan as a next step to
  convert time differences and times to high precision
  arithmetics, so that the result is intended to become


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