Truncate time

This example will demonstrate how to truncate the time elements from a date while using java SimpleDateFormat, Joda formatdate and Apache’s DateUtils.truncate.

Straight up Java

@Test
public void truncate_time_in_java () {

    Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance(); 
    cal.set(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY, 0);
    cal.set(Calendar.MINUTE, 0);
    cal.set(Calendar.SECOND, 0);
    cal.set(Calendar.MILLISECOND, 0);
    
    // format object
    SimpleDateFormat dateFormatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss");
    String randomTruncatedDateFormatted = dateFormatter.format(cal.getTimeInMillis());

    logger.info("Truncated date: " + randomTruncatedDateFormatted);
    
    assertTrue(randomTruncatedDateFormatted.contains("12:00:00"));
}

Output

Truncated date: 10/14/2013 12:00:00

Joda Time

@Test
public void truncate_time_in_java_with_joda () {
    
    DateTime dt = new DateTime().dayOfMonth().roundFloorCopy();

    // just for formatting purposes
    SimpleDateFormat dateFormatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss");
    String randomTruncatedDateFormatted = dateFormatter.format(dt.getMillis());

    logger.info("Truncated date: " + randomTruncatedDateFormatted);
    
    assertTrue(randomTruncatedDateFormatted.contains("12:00:00"));
}

Output

Truncated date: 10/14/2013 12:00:00

Apache Commons

@Test
public void truncate_time_in_java_with_apache_commons () {
    
    Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
    Date someRandomTruncatedDate = DateUtils.truncate(cal.getTime(), Calendar.DATE);
    
    // format object
    SimpleDateFormat dateFormatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss z");
    String randomTruncatedDateFormatted = dateFormatter.format(someRandomTruncatedDate);
    
    logger.info("Truncated date: " + randomTruncatedDateFormatted);
    
    assertTrue(randomTruncatedDateFormatted.contains("12:00:00"));
}

Output

Truncated date: 10/14/2013 12:00:00 CDT