Parses a date but uses the failover logic for using the alternate parsing formats.

Dates convert to milliseconds when used with standard comparison operators. For example, the expression (60*60*1000) equals one hour.

A common usage of this function is to adjust the current time using a multiplication expression that represents a number of seconds, minutes, hours, or days.

Type and Usage


The only parameter is an expression to be parsed.


Returns a Java date object, which is converted to a string for display.