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Kjartan Reynisson

Joined: Mar 31, 2006
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I need to create GregorianCalendar GMT time, but the below code retunrs my timezone CEST.

Can anyone show me how to get GTM?
Jeff Albertson
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Joined: Sep 16, 2005
Posts: 1780

Here's the scoop: Calendar's getTime method returns a Date object:

Date getTime() //not the best method name, eh?

... and Date's state don't include a time zone. Its toString method implicitly uses your JVM's default time zone! WTF?!

To get around this, use a DateFormat, but don't forget to set it's TimeZone property first!

You can also avoid Calendar and go directly with Date if you just want the current date:

DateFormat df = DateFormat.getDateTimeInstance();
Date date = new Date();
System.out.println("now = " + date);
System.out.println("now in GMT = " + df.format(date));
[ April 03, 2006: Message edited by: Jeff Albertson ]

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