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Android Build a Weather App (2015) Working with JSON Formatting a Date

setting formatted date

Steve Hunter

import java.util.Date;

public class Movie {

    private String mTitle;
    private Date mReleaseDate;

    public String getTitle() {
        return mTitle;

    public void setTitle(String title) {
        mTitle = title;

    public Date getReleaseDate() {
        return mReleaseDate;

    public void setReleaseDate(Date date) {
        mReleaseDate = date;

    public String getFormattedReleaseDate(ReleaseDate) {
    SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");

      return SimpleDateFormat;

1 Answer


You want to call the format method on the new formatter instance and pass in mReleaseDate as the parameter. Use dot notation for the method call; formatter.format(); and put the date that is already declared in the brackets. That will return a formatted string to the call; return that straight out of your method:

public String getFormattedReleaseDate(){
  SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
  return formatter.format(mReleaseDate);

Make sense?