Explode a date in 8 digit format into the three components. : Date Format « Data Type « Java

Explode a date in 8 digit format into the three components.

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//package au.edu.ausstage.utils;

// import additional libraries
import java.util.GregorianCalendar;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.text.DateFormat;

 * A class of methods useful when processing dates in AusStage Services
public class DateUtils {
   * A method to explode a date in 8 digit format into the three components.
   * Where a date component can not be determined null is used
   * Assumes the format yyyy-mm-dd where - is a delimiter
   * Array elements are [0] - year, [1] - month, [2] - day
   * @param date the date to explode
   * @param delim the delimiter in the date components
   * @return     an array with three elements containing the date components
  public static String[] getExplodedDate(String date, String delim) {
    // declare helper variables
    String[] explodedDate = new String[3];
    String[] tmp          = new String[3];
    // set initial values
    explodedDate[0] = null;
    explodedDate[1] = null;
    explodedDate[2] = null;
    if(date == null) {
      return explodedDate;
    // trim the date
    date = date.trim();
    if(date.equals("") == true) {
      return null;
    tmp = date.split(delim);
    if(tmp.length == 3) {
      return tmp;
    } else if (tmp.length == 1) {
      explodedDate[0] = tmp[0];
    } else if(tmp.length == 2) {
      explodedDate[0] = tmp[0];
      explodedDate[1] = tmp[1];
    return explodedDate;
  } // end getExplodedDate method


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