DateFormat clone() method in Java with Examples

The clone() Method of DateFormat class is used to create a copy of this DateFormat. It creates another copy of this DateFormat.

Syntax:

public Object clone()

Parameters: The method does not take any parameters.



Return Value: The method returns a copy of the DateFormat.

Below programs illustrate the working of clone() Method of DateFormat:
Example 1:

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// Java to illustrate clone() method
  
import java.text.*;
import java.util.*;
  
public class DateFormat_Demo {
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // Initializing DateFormat
        DateFormat DFormat
            = DateFormat.getDateTimeInstance();
  
        // Displaying the formats
        Date date = new Date();
        String str_Date1
            = DFormat.format(date);
        System.out.println("The Original: "
                           + (str_Date1));
  
        // Using clone()
        System.out.println("Is the clone equal? "
                           + DFormat.clone()
                                 .equals(DFormat));
    }
}

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Output:

The Original: Mar 27, 2019 10:09:48 AM
Is the clone equal? true

Example 2:

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// Java to illustrate clone() method
  
import java.text.*;
import java.util.*;
  
public class DateFormat_Demo {
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // Initializing DateFormat
        DateFormat DFormat
            = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy");
  
        // Displaying the formats
        Date date = new Date();
        String str_Date1
            = DFormat.format(date);
        System.out.println("The Original: "
                           + (str_Date1));
  
        // Using clone()
        System.out.println("Is the clone equal? "
                           + DFormat.clone()
                                 .equals(DFormat));
    }
}

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Output:

The Original: 03/27/2019
Is the clone equal? true

Reference: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/java/text/DateFormat.html#clone()



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