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Java Java Data Structures Getting There Class Review

I do not understand the new Date(); part of this video

Hello can someone please give me an explanation of this new Dare(); part of the video I do not understand

2 Answers

Allan Clark
Allan Clark
10,810 Points

New date creates a new instance of the date class. We need to use the long parameter because the older constructor should no longer be used. This parameter represents the amount of time that has passed since Jan 1 1970 iirc.

Hope this helps. If you need more clarity let me know specifically what part is unclear.

Happy coding!!

I don't understand the part when new date creates a new instance of the date class

if it creates an instance how come I can't use that instance

Allan Clark
Allan Clark
10,810 Points

The new instance of Date is sent in as a parameter to the constructor of the Treet object. It is then stored in a private variable, which means only the object itself can access the variable. You can access the value of that Date object with the getter method. By design there is no way to change that date after the Treet object's initial construction. If you think ab it this makes sense bc of what that date object represents, and that is the date the Treet was created. It wouldnt make sense to change that date after the Treet has been created.