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Upgrade Recommendation: Use the Date Data Type for Storing Dates

Earlier versions of Visual Basic supported using the Double data type to store and manipulate dates. You should not do this in Visual Basic .NET, because dates are not internally stored as doubles. For example, the following is valid in Visual Basic 6.0, but may cause a compile error in Visual Basic .NET:

Dim dbl As Double
Dim dat As Date
dat = Now
'BAD: Date can't be assigned to a double
dbl = dat
'BAD: Double can't be used in date functions
dbl = DateAdd("d", 1, dbl)
'BAD: CDate can't convert a double to a date
dat = CDate(dbl)

The .NET Framework provides the ToOADate and FromOADate functions to convert between doubles and dates. However, when your project is upgraded to Visual Basic .NET, it is difficult to determine the intention of code that uses doubles to store dates. To avoid unnecessary modifications to your code in Visual Basic .NET, always use the Date data type to store dates.

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Language Recommendations for Upgrading

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