Convert formatted string representation of date to Date object

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This method can be used to convert a formatted string representation of a date into a Date object.

     * Parses the date using the given format.
     * @param formattedDate the formatted date string
     * @param dateFormat the date format which was used to create the string.
     * @return the date
    public static Date parseDate(String formattedDate, String dateFormat) {
        Date date = null;
        SimpleDateFormat objDf = new SimpleDateFormat(dateFormat);
        try {
          date = objDf.parse(formattedDate);
        } catch (ParseException e) {
          // Do what ever needs to be done with exception.
        return date;

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