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Getting exception for date format for "YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS.QQQ"

SA-328

Summary



Illegal pattern character "Y" reported for date format string:
@CurrentDate("YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS.QQQ",EST)

Error Messages



Top Level Exception Class: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException

Root Exception Message: Illegal pattern character 'Y'


Steps to Reproduce



call
@CurrentDate("YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS.QQQ",EST)


Root Cause



The root cause of this problem is software use/operation error. The date format string is not valid and so a default format is used and an error is reported.


Resolution



The explanation for this behavior is as follows:
The date format string is not valid and so a default format is used and an error is reported. 

The date format string is case sensitive and using "Y" for "y" for the year digits is not accepted.  Other characters are also incorrectly cased.

The Javadocs on SimpleDateFormat contain a description of date format string that is applicable for the CurrentDate call.
 

Published March 12, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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