How to parse String to Date in Java using JodaTime Example

In this Java tutorial, we will learn how to parse String to Date using Joda-Time library, for example, we will convert date String "04-12-2014" to java.util.Date object which represents this date. Before Java 8 introduced its new Date and Time API,  Joda was only reliable, safe and easy way to deal with date and time intricacies in Java. Java's own Date and Time was not that great, starting from JDK 1.1 when they made java.util.Date a mutable object and when they introduced Calendar in Java 1.2. It is one of the most criticized feature of Java on communities along with checked exception and object cloning. Even though Java 8 has corrected its mistake with an excellent, shiny new API, which addresses all past issue, Joda date and time library still has a role to play in Java systems. First and foremost reason is because most of the large banks and clients are still running on Java 1.6 and will likely take another 5 to 6 year to adopt Java 8, Joda is the only friend you can trust to deal with date and time nightmares.