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getting country name from time zone

Dino Veer

Joined: Mar 22, 2012
Posts: 5

I am working on getting data from twitter APIs(twitter4j). One problem is that sometimes I get only timezone like 'Pacific Time (US & Canada)'. Is there some way to get countryname using this info. One way can be to trim the timezone string from Pacific Time (US & Canada) to US & Canada. Any other way?
Tim Holloway
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
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A time zone extends from pole to pole in a stretch covering an entire 1/24th area of the planet, subject to adjustments for national convenience. The "US & Canada" is simply an indication that the locale is set for the zone where a specific set of rules apply for base time offset from GMT and when Daylight Savings start and end. As a determinant of national boundaries, it's pretty useless. I live in a state that spans 2 separate zones, myself, and for a while I crossed the zone boundary on a regular basis.

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K. Gil
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Joined: Apr 29, 2011
Posts: 75

This is how I solved similar problem in the past:

GeoLite Free Downloadable Databases
These databases are offered in the same binary and csv formats

happy geoCoding
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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