This example will demonstrate how to format a date from a pattern string while using java.text.SimpleDateFormat, String.format, Java 8 date time api, Joda’s DateTimeFormat and apache commons DateFormatUtils.format. DateFormat contains predefined date formats in the JDK which can be used in substitue of a string pattern. January 15, 1967, the date used in the examples below, was the date which the first super bowl was played between Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers.
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Java 8 Date and Time API
The DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern will construct formatter with a MM/dd/YYYY format. Then passing the formatter to LocalDate.format will format this date using the MM/dd/YYYY formatter.