Given A Formatted Range Of DateTime, Split And Print Every Hour Off Of This Range

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The goal of the Algorithm is to split a range of time into separate dates.

I have a variable: TimeInterval = 2018-05-03T04:00Z/2018-05-03T06:00Z Which is a range of 2 hours.

String[] All_Time = TimeInterval.split("/");
DateTimeFormatter dateFormat = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm'Z'");
LocalDateTime datetimestart = LocalDateTime.parse(All_Time[0], dateFormat);
LocalDateTime datetimeend = LocalDateTime.parse(All_Time[1], dateFormat);
do {
    id = datetimestart.toString();
    datetimestart = datetimestart.plusHours(1);
  } while (datetimestart.plusHours(1).equals(datetimeend));
System.out.println("Time End: "+datetimeend);

This prints:

Time End: 2018-05-03T06:00

Which is exactly what I want (though I notice the 'Z' is missing...).

But, when the range of time is of 24 Hours (And here I must also check the day of 23 and 25 Hours), the loop breaks and given this TimeInterval = 2018-05-03T04:00Z/2018-05-04T04:00Z The output is:

Time End: 2018-05-04T04:00

I know it is a problem with the plusHours(1) that's not able to add +1 to the day, and possibly the same happens when going from the 31st (28,29,30th day of the month) to the 1st of next month --> ... And same for the year.

Is there a solution for this?


for (int inc=0; inc<=24; inc++){
  System.out.println("Hour: "+datetimestart.plusHours(inc));


Hour: 2018-05-03T08:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T09:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T10:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T11:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T12:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T13:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T14:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T15:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T16:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T17:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T18:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T19:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T20:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T21:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T22:00
Hour: 2018-05-03T23:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T00:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T01:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T02:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T03:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T04:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T05:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T06:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T07:00
Hour: 2018-05-04T08:00

It means to me that there are good chances that the do-while loop might be not the best here, I am not sure why tho.



    String timeInterval = "2018-05-03T08:00Z/2018-05-04T04:00Z";
    String[] allTime = timeInterval.split("/");
    if (allTime.length != 2) {
        throw new IllegalStateException("Wrong number of datetimes, should be 2");
    OffsetDateTime dateTimeStart = OffsetDateTime.parse(allTime[0]);
    OffsetDateTime dateTimeEnd = OffsetDateTime.parse(allTime[1]);
    OffsetDateTime current = dateTimeStart;
    while (current.isBefore(dateTimeEnd)) {
        OffsetDateTime next = current.plusHours(1);
        System.out.println("" + current + '/' + next);
        current = next;
    System.out.println("Time End: " + dateTimeEnd);

Output (abbreviated in the middle):

Time End: 2018-05-04T04:00Z

Your while condition was wrong. You used equals, which made sure that you only took a second time through the loop if the end of the second hour coincided with your end time. And never a third time. Instead use isBefore as in my code. Another option is ! datetimestart.isEqual(datetimeend) (the exclamation mark means “not”). I am assuming that the interval is always a whole number of hours and that start and end are at the same UTC offset (Z means offset zero). Otherwise it’ll be a bit more complicated.

Other points to note:

  • Use the naming conventions (at least when sharing your code on Stack Overflow and elsewhere). Variable names begin with a lowercase letter and doesn’t contain underscores.
  • To preserve the Z, use OffsetDateTime, not LocalDateTime. Since your start and end time strings are in the standard format of ISO 8601, you don’t need a DateTimeFormatterin your case.