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XElement Narrowing Conversion (XElement to Nullable(Of DateTime))

Cast the value of this XElement to a Nullable(Of T) of DateTime.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assembly:  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

'Declaration
Public Shared Narrowing Operator CType ( _
	element As XElement _
) As Nullable(Of DateTime)

Parameters

element
Type: System.Xml.Linq.XElement

The XElement to cast to Nullable(Of T) of DateTime.

Return Value

Type: System.Nullable(Of DateTime)
A Nullable(Of T) of DateTime that contains the content of this XElement.

ExceptionCondition
FormatException

The element does not contain a valid DateTime value.

The value space of an attribute or element that contains date and time content is closely related to the dates and times described in ISO 8601. When creating an attribute or element that contains date and time content, the attribute or element values are formatted per the W3C specification. See the W3C specification for more details.

Behavior is lax when casting to a Nullable(Of T) of DateTime from an attribute or element. Even if the attribute or element value is not formatted exactly per the W3C specification, the value is appropriately converted to a Nullable(Of T) of DateTime.

This conversion operator uses CultureInfo.InvariantCulture to convert from a DateTime.

The following example creates an element with a date and time as content. It then retrieves the value by casting to Nullable(Of T) of DateTime.

Dim root As XElement = _ 
    <Root>
        <Value><%= New DateTime(2006, 10, 6, 12, 30, 0) %></Value>
    </Root>
Dim value As Nullable(Of DateTime) = CType(root.Element("Value"), Nullable(Of DateTime))
Console.WriteLine("Nullable DateTime: value={0}", IIf(value.HasValue, value.ToString(), "null"))

This example produces the following output:

Nullable DateTime: value=10/6/2006 12:30:00 PM

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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