Target Audience: Software Engineer, Systems Analyst

Level of Session: Intermediate

Java's Calendar, DateFormat, and TimeZone classes provide a powerful mechanism for performinglocale-sensitive date and time calculations. However, they are also among the most misunderstood international classes in the JDK. In this talk I will discuss how these classes interact and will clear up some of the more common misconceptions. I will then show how to create custom Calendar subclasses to support traditional calendars such as the Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic lunar calendars, including Unicode-based resource tables that allow the calendars to be displayed in multiple languages. The talk will conclude with a demonstration applet showing several international calendars.

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