[java] How to convert a String to a Date structure

public static Date ConvertStringToDate(String strDate) {

    Date d = null;
    // Choose the input string format 
    SimpleDateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy");
    try {
        d = df.parse(strDate);
    } catch (Exception e){
    return d;
public static void main(String[] args) {

    // Oct 1st
    Date d = ConvertStringToDate("10/01/2011");
    Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();

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