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Calendar compareTo() Method in Java with Examples
  • Last Updated : 13 Feb, 2019

The add(Calendar Calendar2) method of Calendar class is used to compare the time values or the millisecond offsets of this Calendar object with the passed Calendar object.

Syntax:

public int compareTo(Calendar Calendar2)

Parameters: The method takes one parameter Calendar2 of Calendar object type and refers to the object to be compared to this Calendar object.

Return Value: The method returns an integer value and can return any one of the following:

  1. The method returns 0 if the passed argument is equal to this Calendar object.
  2. The method returns 1 if the time of this Calendar object is more than the passed object.
  3. The method returns -1 if the time of this Calendar object is less than the passed object.

Below programs illustrate the working of compareTo() Method of Calendar class:
Example 1:






// Java Code to illustrate compareTo() Method
  
import java.util.*;
  
public class CalendarClassDemo {
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        // Creating a calendar object
        Calendar calndr1
            = Calendar.getInstance();
  
        // Creating another calendar object
        Calendar calndr2
            = new GregorianCalendar(2018, 12, 2);
  
        // Comparing the time
        int val = calndr1.compareTo(calndr2);
  
        // Displaying the result of comparison
        System.out.println("First"
                           + " comparison result is: "
                           + val);
  
        // Comparing the time
        val = calndr2.compareTo(calndr1);
  
        // Displaying the result of comparison
        System.out.println("Second"
                           + " comparison result is: "
                           + val);
    }
}
Output:
First comparison result is: 1
Second comparison result is: -1

Example 2:




// Java Code to illustrate compareTo() Method
  
import java.util.*;
  
public class CalendarClassDemo {
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        // Creating a calendar object
        Calendar calndr1 = Calendar.getInstance();
  
        // Creating another calendar object
        Calendar calndr2 = Calendar.getInstance();
  
        // Comparing the time
        int val = calndr1.compareTo(calndr2);
  
        // Displaying the result of comparison
        System.out.println("The"
                           + " comparison result is: "
                           + val);
    }
}
Output:
The comparison result is: -1

Reference: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/java/util/Calendar.html#compareTo(java.util.Calendar)

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