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Adding and Subtracting Days in Java

This is going to be a short post. But one which hopefully will provide a reference point to anyone doing a quick google search.

It is often very common to see SQL queries constrained by dates and ranges. For example, if you say: "Give me all the records within the past X days" you might see mySQL people using INTERVAL and some other date functions. If you're a performance conscious person like me, you don't want to make mySQL compute an interval over and over again for each row (possible in some queries). Instead, you want to provide a hard value to test against. In java it's easy enough to do something like this:

import java.util.*;

Map params = new HashMap<String,Object>();
int daysBack = -x; //x is whatever number you need

Calendar cal = GregorianCalendar.getInstance();
cal.add(Calendar.DAY_OF_YEAR, daysBack);
params.put("afterDate", cal.getTime());

//query using these params...

Another situation you might run into is when you want to retrieve records for up to the end of the month or beginning of a month. But months come in all days, shapes, and leap-year sizes! What to do? Java has you covered again:

Timestamp timestamp = //...
calendar.setTime(timestamp)
calendar.add(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH,calendar.getActualMaximum(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH));

Another method I've seen suggested was to add one month, set the day to the first of the month, then subtract a day. While this will work 10/12 times, it will fail on the first and last month since we'll end up changing the year as well. Of course you can set the year. But why go through all that hassle when you can just use getActualMaximum and avoid the issue entirely?

If you want to set the first day of the month, it's a single change to a Calendar object:

calendar.set(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, 1)

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