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DateTime Constructor (Int32, Int32, Int32, Calendar)

Initializes a new instance of the DateTime structure to the specified year, month, and day for the specified calendar.

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

Public Sub New ( _
	year As Integer, _
	month As Integer, _
	day As Integer, _
	calendar As Calendar _


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


calendar is Nothing.


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.

The time of day for the resulting DateTime is midnight (00:00:00). The Kind property is initialized to Unspecified.

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

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

The following example calls the DateTime(Int32, Int32, Int32, Calendar) 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, persian)
      Console.WriteLine("{0}/{1}/{2}", persian.GetMonth(date1), _
                                       persian.GetDayOfMonth(date1), _

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

      ' 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
      Dim dFormat As String = current.DateTimeFormat.ShortDatePattern
      ' Ensure year is displayed as four digits.
      dFormat = Regex.Replace(dFormat, "/yy$", "/yyyy")
      current.DateTimeFormat.ShortDatePattern = dFormat
      Dim date2 As New Date(1431, 9, 9, hijri)
      Console.WriteLine("{0} culture using the {1} calendar: {2:d}", current, _
                        GetCalendarName(hijri), date2) 

      ' Restore previous culture.
      Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = dftCulture
      Console.WriteLine("{0} culture using the {1} calendar: {2:d}", _
                        CultureInfo.CurrentCulture, _
                        GetCalendarName(CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.Calendar), _
   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 12:00:00 AM
'       5/27/1389
'       Using the Hijri Calendar:
'       ar-SY culture using the Hijri calendar: 09/09/1431
'       en-US culture using the Gregorian calendar: 8/18/2010

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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