Java Data Type How to - Find date nearest to target in a list of dates


We would like to know how to find date nearest to target in a list of dates.


import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.TreeSet;
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public class Main {
  public static void main(String[] args) throws ParseException {
    SimpleDateFormat simpleDateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat(
        "dd.MM.yyyy HH:mm:ss");

    List<Date> otherDates = Arrays.asList(new Date[] {
        simpleDateFormat.parse("01.01.2015 01:00:00"),
        simpleDateFormat.parse("01.01.2015 01:00:02") });
    System.out.println(get(otherDates, simpleDateFormat.parse("01.01.2015 01:00:01")));
    System.out.println(get(otherDates, simpleDateFormat.parse("01.01.2015 01:00:03")));
    System.out.println(get(otherDates, simpleDateFormat.parse("01.01.2015 01:00:00")));

  public static Date get(List<Date> otherDates, Date dateToApproach) {
    final TreeSet<Date> set = new TreeSet<Date>(otherDates);
    final ArrayList<Date> list = new ArrayList<Date>(set);
    final int indexOf = list.indexOf(dateToApproach);
    if (indexOf == 0)
      return null;
    return list.get(indexOf - 1);

The code above generates the following result.