Project Url: ZacSweers/ticktock
Introduction: A timezone data management library for the JVM and Android targeting java.time APIs in Java 8+
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TickTock is a timezone data management library for the JVM and Android targeting java.time.* APIs in Java 8 or above. Use this library if you want to bundle timezone data directly with your application rather than rely on the current device timezones (Android) or the default <java.home>/lib version (JVM only).


Current version (from IANA): 2020a


Simply add the android tzdb startup dependency:

implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-android-tzdb:<version>'

This will automatically initialize it appropriately without any configuration needed using androidx.startup. If you don't want automatic initialization, you can use the -base version and do it manually.


Note that Android usage assumes use of core library desugaring. If you are not using it and/or are minSdk 26+, this library is of no use to you!


Add the jvm tzdb dependency:

implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-jvm-tzdb:<version>'

Then call its initializer as early as possible in your application.


This will make ZoneRulesProvider use TickTock's implementation with its bundled timezone data.


Eager caching TickTock's default behavior is to lazily load timezone data on-demand. If you want to eagerly load data (for instance - on a background thread), TickTock offers a convenience helper API: java // Synchronously load and cache all timezone rules EagerZoneRulesLoading.cacheZones();
Custom Data Loading By default, TickTock will try to load timezone data from Java resources via ResourcesZoneDataLoader. If you wish to customize this, you can provide your own loading mechanism via implementing a custom ZoneDataLoader and/or ZoneDataProvider and registering them via TickTockPlugins before using any time APIs that would cause the system ZoneRulesProvider to initialize. Usually, you would only want to implement a custom ZoneDataLoader and instantiate one of the built-in ZoneRulesProvider implementations with it. TickTock comes with two: TzdbZoneDataProvider (the common case) and LazyZoneDataProvider. You can also implement your own provider on top of any ZoneDataLoader type as you see fit. java CustomZoneDataLoader loader = new CustomZoneDataLoader(); TzdbZoneDataProvider provider = new TzdbZoneDataProvider(loader); TickTockPlugins.setZoneDataProvider(() -> provider); The Android artifacts use a custom assets-based loader to avoid the cost of loading from Java resources.
Custom Regions By default, TickTock's prepackaged timezone data supports all regions. You can define your own via implementing a custom ZoneIdsProvider and registering it via TickTockPlugins before using any time APIs that would cause the system ZoneRulesProvider to initialize. java TickTockPlugins.setZoneIdsProvider(CustomZoneIdsProvider::new); If no provider is specified, TickTock will use TzdbZoneProvider.
Lazy Zone Rules TickTock's default behavior is focused around using traditional tzdb.dat files for timezone data implemented via TzdbZoneDataProvider. Early adopters can try a custom, lazy-loading solution via LazyZoneDataProvider inspired by LazyThreeTenBp. In theory, this artifact would be lower overhead on startup for devices with slower IO and a lower application-lifetime memory impact by only keeping used zones in memory. We're seeking feedback on whether this is truly worth supporting though, so please let us know!


Maven Central

// Core runtime artifact
implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-runtime:<version>'

// TZDB artifacts
implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-jvm-tzdb:<version>'
implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-android-tzdb-base:<version>'
implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-android-tzdb:<version>'

// Lazy zone rules artifacts
implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-jvm-lazyzonerules:<version>'
implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-android-lazyzonerules-base:<version>'
implementation 'dev.zacsweers.ticktock:ticktock-android-lazyzonerules:<version>'

Snapshots of the development version are available in Sonatype's snapshots repository.




Copyright (C) 2020 Zac Sweers & Gabriel Ittner

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