Chronology

public interface Chronology implements Comparable<Chronology>
Known Indirect Subclasses

A calendar system, used to organize and identify dates.

The main date and time API is built on the ISO calendar system. The chronology operates behind the scenes to represent the general concept of a calendar system. For example, the Japanese, Minguo, Thai Buddhist and others.

Most other calendar systems also operate on the shared concepts of year, month and day, linked to the cycles of the Earth around the Sun, and the Moon around the Earth. These shared concepts are defined by ChronoField and are available for use by any Chronology implementation:

   LocalDate isoDate = ...
   ThaiBuddhistDate thaiDate = ...
   int isoYear = isoDate.get(ChronoField.YEAR);
   int thaiYear = thaiDate.get(ChronoField.YEAR);
 
As shown, although the date objects are in different calendar systems, represented by different Chronology instances, both can be queried using the same constant on ChronoField. For a full discussion of the implications of this, see ChronoLocalDate. In general, the advice is to use the known ISO-based LocalDate, rather than ChronoLocalDate.

While a Chronology object typically uses ChronoField and is based on an era, year-of-era, month-of-year, day-of-month model of a date, this is not required. A Chronology instance may represent a totally different kind of calendar system, such as the Mayan.

In practical terms, the Chronology instance also acts as a factory. The of(String) method allows an instance to be looked up by identifier, while the ofLocale(Locale) method allows lookup by locale.

The Chronology instance provides a set of methods to create ChronoLocalDate instances. The date classes are used to manipulate specific dates.

Adding New Calendars

The set of available chronologies can be extended by applications. Adding a new calendar system requires the writing of an implementation of Chronology, ChronoLocalDate and Era. The majority of the logic specific to the calendar system will be in the ChronoLocalDate implementation. The Chronology implementation acts as a factory.

To permit the discovery of additional chronologies, the ServiceLoader is used. A file must be added to the META-INF/services directory with the name 'java.time.chrono.Chronology' listing the implementation classes. See the ServiceLoader for more details on service loading. For lookup by id or calendarType, the system provided calendars are found first followed by application provided calendars.

Each chronology must define a chronology ID that is unique within the system. If the chronology represents a calendar system defined by the CLDR specification then the calendar type is the concatenation of the CLDR type and, if applicable, the CLDR variant,

Public Method Summary

abstract int
compareTo(Chronology other)
Compares this chronology to another chronology.
ChronoLocalDate
date(Era era, int yearOfEra, int month, int dayOfMonth)
Obtains a local date in this chronology from the era, year-of-era, month-of-year and day-of-month fields.
abstract ChronoLocalDate
date(int prolepticYear, int month, int dayOfMonth)
Obtains a local date in this chronology from the proleptic-year, month-of-year and day-of-month fields.
abstract ChronoLocalDate
date(TemporalAccessor temporal)
Obtains a local date in this chronology from another temporal object.
abstract ChronoLocalDate
dateEpochDay(long epochDay)
Obtains a local date in this chronology from the epoch-day.
ChronoLocalDate
dateNow(Clock clock)
Obtains the current local date in this chronology from the specified clock.
ChronoLocalDate
dateNow(ZoneId zone)
Obtains the current local date in this chronology from the system clock in the specified time-zone.
ChronoLocalDate
dateNow()
Obtains the current local date in this chronology from the system clock in the default time-zone.
ChronoLocalDate
dateYearDay(Era era, int yearOfEra, int dayOfYear)
Obtains a local date in this chronology from the era, year-of-era and day-of-year fields.
abstract ChronoLocalDate
dateYearDay(int prolepticYear, int dayOfYear)
Obtains a local date in this chronology from the proleptic-year and day-of-year fields.
abstract boolean
equals(Object obj)
Checks if this chronology is equal to another chronology.
abstract Era
eraOf(int eraValue)
Creates the chronology era object from the numeric value.
abstract List<Era>
eras()
Gets the list of eras for the chronology.
static Chronology
from(TemporalAccessor temporal)
Obtains an instance of Chronology from a temporal object.
static Set<Chronology>
getAvailableChronologies()
Returns the available chronologies.
abstract String
getCalendarType()
Gets the calendar type of the calendar system.
String
getDisplayName(TextStyle style, Locale locale)
Gets the textual representation of this chronology.
abstract String
getId()
Gets the ID of the chronology.
abstract int
hashCode()
A hash code for this chronology.
abstract boolean
isLeapYear(long prolepticYear)
Checks if the specified year is a leap year.
ChronoLocalDateTime<? extends ChronoLocalDate>
localDateTime(TemporalAccessor temporal)
Obtains a local date-time in this chronology from another temporal object.
static Chronology
of(String id)
Obtains an instance of Chronology from a chronology ID or calendar system type.
static Chronology
ofLocale(Locale locale)
Obtains an instance of Chronology from a locale.
ChronoPeriod
period(int years, int months, int days)
Obtains a period for this chronology based on years, months and days.
abstract int
prolepticYear(Era era, int yearOfEra)
Calculates the proleptic-year given the era and year-of-era.
abstract ValueRange
range(ChronoField field)
Gets the range of valid values for the specified field.
abstract ChronoLocalDate
resolveDate(Map<TemporalFieldLong> fieldValues, ResolverStyle resolverStyle)
Resolves parsed ChronoField values into a date during parsing.
abstract String
toString()
Outputs this chronology as a String.
ChronoZonedDateTime<? extends ChronoLocalDate>
zonedDateTime(Instant instant, ZoneId zone)
Obtains a ChronoZonedDateTime in this chronology from an Instant.
ChronoZonedDateTime<? extends ChronoLocalDate>
zonedDateTime(TemporalAccessor temporal)
Obtains a ChronoZonedDateTime in this chronology from another temporal object.

Inherited Method Summary

Public Methods

public abstract int compareTo (Chronology other)

Compares this chronology to another chronology.

The comparison order first by the chronology ID string, then by any additional information specific to the subclass. It is "consistent with equals", as defined by Comparable.

Parameters
other the other chronology to compare to, not null
Returns
  • the comparator value, negative if less, positive if greater

public ChronoLocalDate date (Era era, int yearOfEra, int month, int dayOfMonth)

Obtains a local date in this chronology from the era, year-of-era, month-of-year and day-of-month fields.

Parameters
era the era of the correct type for the chronology, not null
yearOfEra the chronology year-of-era
month the chronology month-of-year
dayOfMonth the chronology day-of-month
Returns
  • the local date in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date
ClassCastException if the era is not of the correct type for the chronology

public abstract ChronoLocalDate date (int prolepticYear, int month, int dayOfMonth)

Obtains a local date in this chronology from the proleptic-year, month-of-year and day-of-month fields.

Parameters
prolepticYear the chronology proleptic-year
month the chronology month-of-year
dayOfMonth the chronology day-of-month
Returns
  • the local date in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date

public abstract ChronoLocalDate date (TemporalAccessor temporal)

Obtains a local date in this chronology from another temporal object.

This obtains a date in this chronology based on the specified temporal. A TemporalAccessor represents an arbitrary set of date and time information, which this factory converts to an instance of ChronoLocalDate.

The conversion typically uses the EPOCH_DAY field, which is standardized across calendar systems.

This method matches the signature of the functional interface TemporalQuery allowing it to be used as a query via method reference, aChronology::date.

Parameters
temporal the temporal object to convert, not null
Returns
  • the local date in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date

public abstract ChronoLocalDate dateEpochDay (long epochDay)

Obtains a local date in this chronology from the epoch-day.

The definition of EPOCH_DAY is the same for all calendar systems, thus it can be used for conversion.

Parameters
epochDay the epoch day
Returns
  • the local date in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date

public ChronoLocalDate dateNow (Clock clock)

Obtains the current local date in this chronology from the specified clock.

This will query the specified clock to obtain the current date - today. Using this method allows the use of an alternate clock for testing. The alternate clock may be introduced using dependency injection.

Parameters
clock the clock to use, not null
Returns
  • the current local date, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date

public ChronoLocalDate dateNow (ZoneId zone)

Obtains the current local date in this chronology from the system clock in the specified time-zone.

This will query the system clock to obtain the current date. Specifying the time-zone avoids dependence on the default time-zone.

Using this method will prevent the ability to use an alternate clock for testing because the clock is hard-coded.

Parameters
zone the zone ID to use, not null
Returns
  • the current local date using the system clock, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date

public ChronoLocalDate dateNow ()

Obtains the current local date in this chronology from the system clock in the default time-zone.

This will query the system clock in the default time-zone to obtain the current date.

Using this method will prevent the ability to use an alternate clock for testing because the clock is hard-coded.

Returns
  • the current local date using the system clock and default time-zone, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date

public ChronoLocalDate dateYearDay (Era era, int yearOfEra, int dayOfYear)

Obtains a local date in this chronology from the era, year-of-era and day-of-year fields.

Parameters
era the era of the correct type for the chronology, not null
yearOfEra the chronology year-of-era
dayOfYear the chronology day-of-year
Returns
  • the local date in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date
ClassCastException if the era is not of the correct type for the chronology

public abstract ChronoLocalDate dateYearDay (int prolepticYear, int dayOfYear)

Obtains a local date in this chronology from the proleptic-year and day-of-year fields.

Parameters
prolepticYear the chronology proleptic-year
dayOfYear the chronology day-of-year
Returns
  • the local date in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date

public abstract boolean equals (Object obj)

Checks if this chronology is equal to another chronology.

The comparison is based on the entire state of the object.

Parameters
obj the object to check, null returns false
Returns
  • true if this is equal to the other chronology

public abstract Era eraOf (int eraValue)

Creates the chronology era object from the numeric value.

The era is, conceptually, the largest division of the time-line. Most calendar systems have a single epoch dividing the time-line into two eras. However, some have multiple eras, such as one for the reign of each leader. The exact meaning is determined by the chronology according to the following constraints.

The era in use at 1970-01-01 must have the value 1. Later eras must have sequentially higher values. Earlier eras must have sequentially lower values. Each chronology must refer to an enum or similar singleton to provide the era values.

This method returns the singleton era of the correct type for the specified era value.

Parameters
eraValue the era value
Returns
  • the calendar system era, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the era

public abstract List<Era> eras ()

Gets the list of eras for the chronology.

Most calendar systems have an era, within which the year has meaning. If the calendar system does not support the concept of eras, an empty list must be returned.

Returns
  • the list of eras for the chronology, may be immutable, not null

public static Chronology from (TemporalAccessor temporal)

Obtains an instance of Chronology from a temporal object.

This obtains a chronology based on the specified temporal. A TemporalAccessor represents an arbitrary set of date and time information, which this factory converts to an instance of Chronology.

The conversion will obtain the chronology using chronology(). If the specified temporal object does not have a chronology, IsoChronology is returned.

This method matches the signature of the functional interface TemporalQuery allowing it to be used as a query via method reference, Chronology::from.

Parameters
temporal the temporal to convert, not null
Returns
  • the chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to convert to an Chronology

public static Set<Chronology> getAvailableChronologies ()

Returns the available chronologies.

Each returned Chronology is available for use in the system. The set of chronologies includes the system chronologies and any chronologies provided by the application via ServiceLoader configuration.

Returns
  • the independent, modifiable set of the available chronology IDs, not null

public abstract String getCalendarType ()

Gets the calendar type of the calendar system.

The calendar type is an identifier defined by the CLDR and Unicode Locale Data Markup Language (LDML) specifications to uniquely identification a calendar. The getCalendarType is the concatenation of the CLDR calendar type and the variant, if applicable, is appended separated by "-". The calendar type is used to lookup the Chronology using of(String).

Returns
  • the calendar system type, null if the calendar is not defined by CLDR/LDML
See Also

public String getDisplayName (TextStyle style, Locale locale)

Gets the textual representation of this chronology.

This returns the textual name used to identify the chronology, suitable for presentation to the user. The parameters control the style of the returned text and the locale.

Parameters
style the style of the text required, not null
locale the locale to use, not null
Returns
  • the text value of the chronology, not null

public abstract String getId ()

Gets the ID of the chronology.

The ID uniquely identifies the Chronology. It can be used to lookup the Chronology using of(String).

Returns
  • the chronology ID, not null

public abstract int hashCode ()

A hash code for this chronology.

The hash code should be based on the entire state of the object.

Returns
  • a suitable hash code

public abstract boolean isLeapYear (long prolepticYear)

Checks if the specified year is a leap year.

A leap-year is a year of a longer length than normal. The exact meaning is determined by the chronology according to the following constraints.

  • a leap-year must imply a year-length longer than a non leap-year.
  • a chronology that does not support the concept of a year must return false.

Parameters
prolepticYear the proleptic-year to check, not validated for range
Returns
  • true if the year is a leap year

public ChronoLocalDateTime<? extends ChronoLocalDate> localDateTime (TemporalAccessor temporal)

Obtains a local date-time in this chronology from another temporal object.

This obtains a date-time in this chronology based on the specified temporal. A TemporalAccessor represents an arbitrary set of date and time information, which this factory converts to an instance of ChronoLocalDateTime.

The conversion extracts and combines the ChronoLocalDate and the LocalTime from the temporal object. Implementations are permitted to perform optimizations such as accessing those fields that are equivalent to the relevant objects. The result uses this chronology.

This method matches the signature of the functional interface TemporalQuery allowing it to be used as a query via method reference, aChronology::localDateTime.

Parameters
temporal the temporal object to convert, not null
Returns
  • the local date-time in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date-time

public static Chronology of (String id)

Obtains an instance of Chronology from a chronology ID or calendar system type.

This returns a chronology based on either the ID or the type. The chronology ID uniquely identifies the chronology. The calendar system type is defined by the CLDR specification.

The chronology may be a system chronology or a chronology provided by the application via ServiceLoader configuration.

Since some calendars can be customized, the ID or type typically refers to the default customization. For example, the Gregorian calendar can have multiple cutover dates from the Julian, but the lookup only provides the default cutover date.

Parameters
id the chronology ID or calendar system type, not null
Returns
  • the chronology with the identifier requested, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if the chronology cannot be found

public static Chronology ofLocale (Locale locale)

Obtains an instance of Chronology from a locale.

This returns a Chronology based on the specified locale, typically returning IsoChronology. Other calendar systems are only returned if they are explicitly selected within the locale.

The Locale class provide access to a range of information useful for localizing an application. This includes the language and region, such as "en-GB" for English as used in Great Britain.

The Locale class also supports an extension mechanism that can be used to identify a calendar system. The mechanism is a form of key-value pairs, where the calendar system has the key "ca". For example, the locale "en-JP-u-ca-japanese" represents the English language as used in Japan with the Japanese calendar system.

This method finds the desired calendar system by in a manner equivalent to passing "ca" to getUnicodeLocaleType(String). If the "ca" key is not present, then IsoChronology is returned.

Note that the behavior of this method differs from the older getInstance(Locale) method. If that method receives a locale of "th_TH" it will return BuddhistCalendar. By contrast, this method will return IsoChronology. Passing the locale "th-TH-u-ca-buddhist" into either method will result in the Thai Buddhist calendar system and is therefore the recommended approach going forward for Thai calendar system localization.

A similar, but simpler, situation occurs for the Japanese calendar system. The locale "jp_JP_JP" has previously been used to access the calendar. However, unlike the Thai locale, "ja_JP_JP" is automatically converted by Locale to the modern and recommended form of "ja-JP-u-ca-japanese". Thus, there is no difference in behavior between this method and Calendar#getInstance(Locale).

Parameters
locale the locale to use to obtain the calendar system, not null
Returns
  • the calendar system associated with the locale, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if the locale-specified calendar cannot be found

public ChronoPeriod period (int years, int months, int days)

Obtains a period for this chronology based on years, months and days.

This returns a period tied to this chronology using the specified years, months and days. All supplied chronologies use periods based on years, months and days, however the ChronoPeriod API allows the period to be represented using other units.

Parameters
years the number of years, may be negative
months the number of years, may be negative
days the number of years, may be negative
Returns
  • the period in terms of this chronology, not null

public abstract int prolepticYear (Era era, int yearOfEra)

Calculates the proleptic-year given the era and year-of-era.

This combines the era and year-of-era into the single proleptic-year field.

If the chronology makes active use of eras, such as JapaneseChronology then the year-of-era will be validated against the era. For other chronologies, validation is optional.

Parameters
era the era of the correct type for the chronology, not null
yearOfEra the chronology year-of-era
Returns
  • the proleptic-year
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to convert to a proleptic-year, such as if the year is invalid for the era
ClassCastException if the era is not of the correct type for the chronology

public abstract ValueRange range (ChronoField field)

Gets the range of valid values for the specified field.

All fields can be expressed as a long integer. This method returns an object that describes the valid range for that value.

Note that the result only describes the minimum and maximum valid values and it is important not to read too much into them. For example, there could be values within the range that are invalid for the field.

This method will return a result whether or not the chronology supports the field.

Parameters
field the field to get the range for, not null
Returns
  • the range of valid values for the field, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if the range for the field cannot be obtained

public abstract ChronoLocalDate resolveDate (Map<TemporalFieldLong> fieldValues, ResolverStyle resolverStyle)

Resolves parsed ChronoField values into a date during parsing.

Most TemporalField implementations are resolved using the resolve method on the field. By contrast, the ChronoField class defines fields that only have meaning relative to the chronology. As such, ChronoField date fields are resolved here in the context of a specific chronology.

The default implementation, which explains typical resolve behaviour, is provided in AbstractChronology.

Parameters
fieldValues the map of fields to values, which can be updated, not null
resolverStyle the requested type of resolve, not null
Returns
  • the resolved date, null if insufficient information to create a date
Throws
DateTimeException if the date cannot be resolved, typically because of a conflict in the input data

public abstract String toString ()

Outputs this chronology as a String.

The format should include the entire state of the object.

Returns
  • a string representation of this chronology, not null

public ChronoZonedDateTime<? extends ChronoLocalDate> zonedDateTime (Instant instant, ZoneId zone)

Obtains a ChronoZonedDateTime in this chronology from an Instant.

This obtains a zoned date-time with the same instant as that specified.

Parameters
instant the instant to create the date-time from, not null
zone the time-zone, not null
Returns
  • the zoned date-time, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if the result exceeds the supported range

public ChronoZonedDateTime<? extends ChronoLocalDate> zonedDateTime (TemporalAccessor temporal)

Obtains a ChronoZonedDateTime in this chronology from another temporal object.

This obtains a zoned date-time in this chronology based on the specified temporal. A TemporalAccessor represents an arbitrary set of date and time information, which this factory converts to an instance of ChronoZonedDateTime.

The conversion will first obtain a ZoneId from the temporal object, falling back to a ZoneOffset if necessary. It will then try to obtain an Instant, falling back to a ChronoLocalDateTime if necessary. The result will be either the combination of ZoneId or ZoneOffset with Instant or ChronoLocalDateTime. Implementations are permitted to perform optimizations such as accessing those fields that are equivalent to the relevant objects. The result uses this chronology.

This method matches the signature of the functional interface TemporalQuery allowing it to be used as a query via method reference, aChronology::zonedDateTime.

Parameters
temporal the temporal object to convert, not null
Returns
  • the zoned date-time in this chronology, not null
Throws
DateTimeException if unable to create the date-time