April 20th, 2010 by Lincoln Baxter III

PrettyTime 1.0.6 Released – New Languages, Thread-Safety

OcpSoft PrettyTime is an open-source time-formatting library for creating human-readable timestamps like, “in 3 minutes,” or “moments ago.” — intuitive, easy, extendable. Visit the home page to download and learn more about using PrettyTime. New features in this release: Thread Safety, Java 1.5 compatibility, extra languages.

New Features:

Several new languages are supported out-of-the-box in Version 1.0.6:

Thread safety:

In addition to new translations — PrettyTime 1.0.6 is now Thread-Safe (why you would want to share a PrettyTime object is unknown to us, but now you can do it with confidence.)

Java Version 1.5 support:

PrettyFaces had erroneously been “updated” to require Java 1.6; it is now Java 1.5 compliant once more, and can be used on all of your favorite JVMs.


A quick intro to PrettyTime using JUnit:
public class PrettyTimeTest
 public void testMinutesFromNow() throws Exception
    PrettyTime p = new PrettyTime(new Date(0));
    assertEquals("12 minutes from now", p.format(new Date(1000 * 60 * 12)));

Lincoln Baxter, III

About the author:

Lincoln Baxter, III is the Chief Editor of Red Hat Developers, and has worked extensively on JBoss open-source projects; most notably as creator & project lead of JBoss Forge, author of Errai UI, and Project Lead of JBoss Windup. This content represents his personal opinions, not those of his employer.

He is a founder of OCPsoft, the author of PrettyFaces and Rewrite, the leading URL-rewriting extensions for Servlet, Java EE, and Java web frameworks; he is also the author of PrettyTime, social-style date and timestamp formatting for Java. When he is not swimming, running, or playing competitive Magic: The Gathering, Lincoln is focused on promoting open-source software and making technology more accessible for everyone.

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  1. Dan Allen says:

    I like the use of a unit test to demonstrate the library in use! That should be considered a best practice for release announcements 😉

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