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Java date format – including additional characters

Is there an equivalent to php date() style formatting in Java? I mean, in php I can backslash-escape characters to have them treated literally. I.e. yyyy year would become 2010 year. I did not find anything similar in Java, all examples deal only with built-in date formats.

In particular, I deal with JCalendar date pickers and their dateFormatString property.

I need it because in my locale it is required to write all sorts of additional stuff in date format, like d. (for day) after days part, m. (for years) after years part and so on. At the worst case I could use string replace or regexp but maybe there’s a simpler way? Thanks in advance!


Sure, with the SimpleDateFormat you can include literal strings:

Within date and time pattern strings, unquoted letters from ‘A’ to ‘Z’ and from ‘a’ to ‘z’ are interpreted as pattern letters representing the components of a date or time string. Text can be quoted using single quotes (‘) to avoid interpretation. “”” represents a single quote. All other characters are not interpreted; they’re simply copied into the output string during formatting or matched against the input string during parsing.

 "hh 'o''clock' a, zzzz"    12 o'clock PM, Pacific Daylight Time