DateTime Constructor (Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Calendar, DateTimeKind)


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Initializes a new instance of the DateTime structure to the specified year, month, day, hour, minute, second, millisecond, and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or local time for the specified calendar.

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

Public Sub New (
	year As Integer,
	month As Integer,
	day As Integer,
	hour As Integer,
	minute As Integer,
	second As Integer,
	millisecond As Integer,
	calendar As Calendar,
	kind As DateTimeKind


Type: System.Int32

The year (1 through the number of years in calendar).

Type: System.Int32

The month (1 through the number of months in calendar).

Type: System.Int32

The day (1 through the number of days in month).

Type: System.Int32

The hours (0 through 23).

Type: System.Int32

The minutes (0 through 59).

Type: System.Int32

The seconds (0 through 59).

Type: System.Int32

The milliseconds (0 through 999).

Type: System.Globalization.Calendar

The calendar that is used to interpret year, month, and day.

Type: System.DateTimeKind

One of the enumeration values that indicates whether year, month, day, hour, minute, second, and millisecond specify a local time, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), or neither.

Exception Condition

calendar is null.


year is not in the range supported by calendar.


month is less than 1 or greater than the number of months in calendar.


day is less than 1 or greater than the number of days in month.


hour is less than 0 or greater than 23.


minute is less than 0 or greater than 59.


second is less than 0 or greater than 59.


millisecond is less than 0 or greater than 999.


kind is not one of the DateTimeKind values.

The allowable values for year, month, and day parameters depend on the calendar parameter. An exception is thrown if the specified date and time cannot be expressed using calendar.

For applications in which portability of date and time data or a limited degree of time zone awareness is important, you can use the corresponding DateTimeOffset constructor.

The System.Globalization namespace provides several calendars including GregorianCalendar and JulianCalendar.

The following example calls the DateTime(Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Calendar, DateTimeKind) constructor twice to instantiate two DateTime values. The first call instantiates a DateTime value by using a PersianCalendar object. Because the Persian calendar cannot be designated as the default calendar for a culture, displaying a date in the Persian calendar requires individual calls to its PersianCalendar.GetMonth, PersianCalendar.GetDayOfMonth, and PersianCalendar.GetYear methods. The second call to the constructor instantiates a DateTime value by using a HijriCalendar object. The example changes the current culture to Arabic (Syria) and changes the current culture's default calendar to the Hijri calendar. Because Hijri is the current culture's default calendar, the Console.WriteLine method uses it to format the date. When the previous current culture (which is English (United States) in this case) is restored, the Console.WriteLine method uses the current culture's default Gregorian calendar to format the date.

Imports System.Globalization
Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions
Imports System.Threading

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Console.WriteLine("Using the Persian Calendar:")
      Dim persian As New PersianCalendar()
      Dim date1 As New Date(1389, 5, 27, 16, 32, 18, 500, _
                            persian, DateTimeKind.Local)
      Console.WriteLine("{0:M/dd/yyyy h:mm:ss.fff tt} {1}", date1, date1.Kind)
      Console.WriteLine("{0}/{1}/{2} {3}{8}{4:D2}{8}{5:D2}.{6:G3} {7}", _
                                       persian.GetMonth(date1), _
                                       persian.GetDayOfMonth(date1), _
                                       persian.GetYear(date1), _
                                       persian.GetHour(date1), _
                                       persian.GetMinute(date1), _
                                       persian.GetSecond(date1), _
                                       persian.GetMilliseconds(date1), _
                                       date1.Kind, _

      Console.WriteLine("Using the Hijri Calendar:")
      ' Get current culture so it can later be restored.
      Dim dftCulture As CultureInfo = Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture

      ' Define strings for use in composite formatting.
      Dim dFormat As String 
      Dim fmtString As String 
      ' Define Hijri calendar.
      Dim hijri As New HijriCalendar()
      ' Make ar-SY the current culture and Hijri the current calendar.
      Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = New CultureInfo("ar-SY")
      Dim current As CultureInfo = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture
      current.DateTimeFormat.Calendar = hijri
      dFormat = current.DateTimeFormat.ShortDatePattern
      ' Ensure year is displayed as four digits.
      dFormat = Regex.Replace(dFormat, "/yy$", "/yyyy") + " H:mm:ss.fff"
      fmtString = "{0} culture using the {1} calendar: {2:" + dFormat + "} {3}"
      Dim date2 As New Date(1431, 9, 9, 16, 32, 18, 500, _
                            hijri, DateTimeKind.Local)
      Console.WriteLine(fmtString, current, GetCalendarName(hijri), _
                        date2, date2.Kind) 

      ' Restore previous culture.
      Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = dftCulture
      dFormat = DateTimeFormatInfo.CurrentInfo.ShortDatePattern +" H:mm:ss.fff"
      fmtString = "{0} culture using the {1} calendar: {2:" + dFormat + "} {3}"
      Console.WriteLine(fmtString, CultureInfo.CurrentCulture, _
                        GetCalendarName(CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.Calendar), _
                        date2, date2.Kind) 
   End Sub

   Private Function GetCalendarName(cal As Calendar) As String
      Return Regex.Match(cal.ToString(), "\.(\w+)Calendar").Groups(1).Value
   End Function
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       Using the Persian Calendar:
'       8/18/2010 4:32:18.500 PM
'       5/27/1389 16:32:18.500
'       Using the Hijri Calendar:
'       ar-SY culture using the Hijri calendar: 09/09/1431 16:32:18.500
'       en-US culture using the Gregorian calendar: 8/18/2010 16:32:18.500

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