MinValue Field
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DateTime::MinValue Field


Represents the smallest possible value of DateTime. This field is read-only.

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

static initonly DateTime MinValue

Field Value

Type: System::DateTime

The value of this constant is equivalent to 00:00:00.0000000 UTC, January 1, 0001, in the Gregorian calendar.

MinValue defines the date and time that is assigned to an uninitialized DateTime variable. The following example illustrates this.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

The MinValue and MaxValue properties can be used to ensure that a value lies within the supported range before passing it to a DateTime constructor. The code in the Example section illustrates this usage.

The following example instantiates a DateTime object by passing its constructor an Int64 value that represents a number of ticks. Before invoking the constructor, the example ensures that this value is greater than or equal to DateTime.MinValue.Ticks and less than or equal to DateTime.MaxValue.Ticks. If not, it throws an ArgumentOutOfRangeException.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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