Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to set browser time to DateTimeItem in smart GWT?

The "DateTimeItem" item in Smart GWT allows you to specify the date and the time together as a single field and ultimately it can be mapped to java.util.Date field in your model (or a field in your controller class).

DateTimeItem startDateTime = new DateTimeItem("startDateTime","Start Datetime");

After picking a date from the calendar, the 'DateTimeItem' shows the value in the following format by default.

MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm

It sets the time part to 00:00. I wanted to have time part to set the browser's time.

After searching on the internet and doing some experiments, I ended up with the following solution.

I am creating a custom class by extending "DateTimeItem" class of smart GWT and overrides the 'transformInput' method.

package mypackage;

import java.util.Date;

import com.smartgwt.client.widgets.form.DynamicForm;
import com.smartgwt.client.widgets.form.FormItemInputTransformer;
import com.smartgwt.client.widgets.form.fields.DateTimeItem;
import com.smartgwt.client.widgets.form.fields.FormItem;

public class MyDateTimeItem extends DateTimeItem {
     public MyDateTimeItem(String name, String title) {
        super(name, title);
        this.setInputTransformer(new FormItemInputTransformer() {
            public Object transformInput(DynamicForm form, FormItem item, Object value, Object oldValue) {
               DateTimeFormat dtFormet    = DateTimeFormat.getFormat("MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm"); 
               String strCurrentDateTime  = dtFormet.format(new Date());
               String strSelectedDateTime = dtFormet.format((Date)value, TimeZone.createTimeZone(0));
               if (oldValue != null) { // Changing date.

                   if (strSelectedDateTime.split(" ")[1].equals("00:00")) { 
                        //Selecting new date time from the picker while keeping old value in the input field.
                        return strSelectedDateTime.split(" ")[0] + " " + strCurrentDateTime.split(" ")[1];
                   return strSelectedDateTime;
               return strSelectedDateTime.split(" ")[0] + " " + strCurrentDateTime.split(" ")[1];   
You can use the new component in the similar way in which the 'DateTimeItem' was used.

MyDateTimeItem startDateTime = new MyDateTimeItem("startDateTime","Start Datetime");