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Velocity: creating two calendar objects?

Question asked by Phillip Wild on Aug 1, 2019
Latest reply on Aug 6, 2019 by Sanford Whiteman

Seeing something that seems a bit strange to me in Velocity. I'm trying to create two calendar objects to compare to. One is today's date. The other is 30 days in the future. Here's the code:


##set time zone and locale settings for date conversions
#set( $TimeZone = $date.getTimeZone().getTimeZone("America/New_York") )
#set( $Locale = $date.getLocale() )
#set( $calNow = $date.getCalendar() )
#set( $calFuture = $date.getCalendar() )
#set( $ret = $calNow.setTimeZone($TimeZone) )
#set( $ret = $calFuture.setTimeZone($TimeZone) )
#set( $calConst = $$calNow) )
#set( $calConst = $$calFuture) )
#set( $ISO8601 = "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss" )
#set( $ISO8601DateOnly = "yyyy-MM-dd" )
##add 30 days to today's date for comparison, and save it as a new variable
#set($calFuture = $calNow.add($calConst.DATE,30))

calendar now = $calNow
calendar future = $calFuture


The output I get from this is: 


calendar now = java.util.GregorianCalendar[time=1572490557808,areFieldsSet=true,areAllFieldsSet=true,lenient=true,zone=sun.util.calendar.ZoneInfo[id="America/New_York",offset=-18000000,dstSavings=3600000,useDaylight=true,transitions=235,lastRule=java.util.SimpleTimeZone[id=America/New_York,offset=-18000000,dstSavings=3600000,useDaylight=true,startYear=0,startMode=3,startMonth=2,startDay=8,startDayOfWeek=1,startTime=7200000,startTimeMode=0,endMode=3,endMonth=10,endDay=1,endDayOfWeek=1,endTime=7200000,endTimeMode=0]],firstDayOfWeek=1,minimalDaysInFirstWeek=1,ERA=1,YEAR=2019,MONTH=9,WEEK_OF_YEAR=44,WEEK_OF_MONTH=5,DAY_OF_MONTH=30,DAY_OF_YEAR=303,DAY_OF_WEEK=4,DAY_OF_WEEK_IN_MONTH=5,AM_PM=1,HOUR=10,HOUR_OF_DAY=22,MINUTE=55,SECOND=57,MILLISECOND=808,ZONE_OFFSET=-18000000,DST_OFFSET=3600000]
calendar future =


So it looks like the first calendar object, the $calNow, is working just fine. But the second one, calendar future, is giving a blank. Why? Surely I can have more than one calendar object in the same script? I guess I just don't understand how these calendar objects work.