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CultureInfo.Clone Method

Creates a copy of the current CultureInfo.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public Overridable Function Clone As Object

Return Value

Type: System.Object
A copy of the current CultureInfo.



The clone is writable even if the original CultureInfo is read-only. Therefore, the properties of the clone can be modified.

A shallow copy of an object is a copy of the object only. If the object contains references to other objects, the shallow copy does not create copies of the referred objects. It refers to the original objects instead. In contrast, a deep copy of an object creates a copy of the object and a copy of everything directly or indirectly referenced by that object.

The Clone method creates an enhanced shallow copy. The objects returned by the NumberFormat, DateTimeFormat, TextInfo, and Calendar properties are also copied. Consequently, the cloned CultureInfo object can modify its copied properties without affecting the original CultureInfo object.

The following code example shows that CultureInfo.Clone also clones the DateTimeFormatInfo and NumberFormatInfo instances associated with the CultureInfo.

Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Public Class SamplesCultureInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Creates and initializes a CultureInfo. 
      Dim myCI As New CultureInfo("en-US", False)

      ' Clones myCI and modifies the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the clone. 
      Dim myCIclone As CultureInfo = CType(myCI.Clone(), CultureInfo)
      myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator = "a.m."
      myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator = "-"
      myCIclone.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol = "USD"
      myCIclone.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits = 4

      ' Displays the properties of the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the original and with the clone. 
      Console.WriteLine("DTFI/NFI PROPERTY" + ControlChars.Tab + "ORIGINAL" + ControlChars.Tab + "MODIFIED CLONE")
      Console.WriteLine("DTFI.AMDesignator" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator)
      Console.WriteLine("DTFI.DateSeparator" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator)
      Console.WriteLine("NFI.CurrencySymbol" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol, myCIclone.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol)
      Console.WriteLine("NFI.NumberDecimalDigits" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits, myCIclone.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits)

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCultureInfo

' This code produces the following output. 

' DTFI.AMDesignator       AM              a.m. 
' DTFI.DateSeparator      /               - 
' NFI.CurrencySymbol      $               USD 
' NFI.NumberDecimalDigits 2               4

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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 Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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)

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