Chapter 2. Manipulating Dates and Times
In This Chapter
Getting the current date and time anywhere on the planet
Reading the components of a DateTime structure
Streaming a DateTime structure
Handling local times versus universal times
Calculating with dates
Parsing a string containing a date and time
The .NET Framework includes a
DateTime structure that stores and manipulates — you guessed it — dates and times. With .NET 2.0, the
DateTime structure has improved a bit, adding further support for handling time zones. For example, suppose you have an application that grabs the current date and time, which is stored in a
DateTime variable. The application then sends the
DateTime off to another computer via the Internet, and that other computer is in another time zone. The receiving computer can take the data in the
DateTime structure, recognize the time zone, and then adjust the value so it’s correct for the new time zone.
In this chapter, I cover various aspects of the
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Getting the Current Date and Time
DateTime structure contains a handy static or shared property for obtaining the current date and time. The property is simply called
Now. Because it’s a property, you call it from the
DateTime structure itself — and this property is available regardless of which .NET language ...
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