hello: I know this has been asked but I still cannot convert any string "01/01/01" or "01/01/2001" to a date variable. I have tried new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yy").parse("01/01/01") but I get a null. I am running a query that is using a date parameter but the chart comes back blank if a date is not being passed into the query, so I think. So I want to create a default date. Any suggestions? Thanks.