Having Fun with Groovy Date Parsing

How do you convert a String to Date in Groovy? Well it’s simple:

   Date.parse( "yyyy-M-d", "2011-01-15" )

Now, let’s say I would like to shorten this: yes, it looks to long, remember the actual data I am interested in is “2011-01-15″, everything else means nothing really.. datawise.

Ok, so I can

  Date.metaClass.'static'.fromString = { str ->
    Date.parse( "yyyy-M-d", str )

which gives me a shorter representation ( less fluff around the actual data ):

  Date.fromString( "2011-01-15" )

That’s not bad, but I would like to take it further :) I am staging data ( domain objects ) in my Spock tests, and need as less fluff as possible => “only data matters”. So here it is, the geeky solution:

Create a DataParser:

  class DateParser {
    def static te = { str -> Date.parse( "yyyy-M-d", str ) }

Wherever you need parse dates, import it as ‘d’:

  import org.dotkam.util.date.DateParser as d

Now create your d.tes ( I mean dates :) ) as:

  d.te( "2011-01-05" )

//TODO: it can of course be extended with multiple formats


  1. Hey thanks, this may be fun for you but it was very helpful to a noob like me :)

  2. Date.parse is deprecated ;-(

  3. meh,
    I am not sure where you get your intel, but “Date.parse” is a static method that is a published API: “http://groovy.codehaus.org/groovy-jdk/java/util/Date.html#parse(java.lang.String, java.lang.String)” that is in no way depreciated.

  4. Yes it is, you should use parseDateFormat.parse as recommended in the java API

  5. I know this thread of comments is a bit old, but if my understanding is correct, Date.parse is a Groovy wrapper for SimpleDateFormat in Java. That is to say that in Groovy, Date.parse is NOT deprecated, but I believe the method by the same name IS deprecated in Java. Hopefully that helps…

  6. Apparently, it’s Eclipse that says that Date.parse() is deprecated… Not the doc from Groovy…

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