Joda-Time version 2.8
Joda-Time is a date and time handling library that seeks to replace the JDK
Date and Calendar classes.
This release contains enhancements, bug fixes and a time zone update.
The release runs on JDK 5 or later.
Joda-Time is licensed under the business-friendly Apache License Version 2.
This is the same license as all of Apache, plus other open source projects such as Spring.
The intent is to make the code available to the Java community with the minimum
of restrictions. If the license causes you problems please contact the mailing list.
- Please also check out our related projects **
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Enhancements since 2.7
- Encode properties files using unicode escapes 228
The properties files are supposed to be loaded using ISO 8859-1 but Android seems to have issues with that.
Re-encode the files using unicode escapes to sidestep the issue.
- Avoid ProGuard errors in Android jar 246
Separate logging from time-zone compilation
Compatibility with 2.7
Build system - Yes
Binary compatible - Yes
Source compatible - Yes
Serialization compatible - Yes
Data compatible - Yes
- DateTimeZone data updated to version 2015d
- In the past year, the IANA time-zone database maintainer has changed unique time-zone data for many parts
of the world into shared "links". For example, in IANA 'Asia/Kuwait' now links to 'Asia/Riyadh'.
(I personally disagree with the IANA time-zone database maintainer's actions but my objections were ignored).
This was a problem for Joda-Time as we interpreted the concept of links (many years ago) as only being used
for backwards compatibility. Links are exposed in Joda-Time, because if you request a time-zone for a linked
identifier you get the target of the link back. As such, in recent versions of Joda-Time, it was not possible
to obtain a DateTimeZone with an appropriate identifier for many parts of the world, such as 'Asia/Kuwait'.
With this release, most links in the main IANA files are now restored to be real zones.
As a side effect of this, some identifiers that used to act as links are now real zones.
In summary, in the last Joda-Time release, requesting 'Asia/Kuwait' would have given back 'Asia/Riyadh',
but it now returns 'Asia/Kuwait' (where 'Asia/Kuwait' and 'Asia/Riyadh' have the same time-zone rules).
In most cases, this won't have any impact on your application.