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The expression: startDateNode.getText().trim() gives you the date in text format, then you parse it into a Date object. By calling format(), you do the opposite again (format the Date back into a String). You could just as well forget about the whole SimpleDateFormat object:
String text = startDateNode.getText().trim(); [ April 27, 2006: Message edited by: Jesper Young ]