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Calendar.AlgorithmType Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current calendar is solar-based, lunar-based, or a combination of both.

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

public virtual CalendarAlgorithmType AlgorithmType { get; }

The following example uses reflection to instantiate each Calendar type found in the .NET Framework and displays the value of its AlgorithmType property.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Reflection;

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      Assembly assem = Assembly.GetAssembly(typeof(Calendar));
      Type[] types = assem.GetExportedTypes();
      Type[] calendars = Array.FindAll(types, IsValidCalendar);
      Array.Sort(calendars, new CalendarComparer());

      Console.WriteLine("{0,-30} {1}\n", "Calendar", "Algorithm Type");
      foreach (var cal in calendars) {
         // Instantiate a calendar object.
         ConstructorInfo ctor = cal.GetConstructor( new Type[] {} );
         Calendar calObj = (Calendar) ctor.Invoke( new Type[] {} ); 

         Console.WriteLine("{0,-30} {1}", 
                          cal.ToString().Replace("System.Globalization.", ""),
                                           BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.GetProperty,
                                           null, calObj, null));

   private static bool IsValidCalendar(Type t)
        if (t.IsSubclassOf(typeof(Calendar)))
            if (t.IsAbstract)
                return false;
                return true;
            return false;

public class CalendarComparer : IComparer
   public int Compare(object x, object y)
      Type tX = (Type) x;
      Type tY = (Type) y;

      return tX.Name.CompareTo(tY.Name);
// The example displays the following output:
//       Calendar                       Algorithm Type
//       ChineseLunisolarCalendar       LunisolarCalendar
//       GregorianCalendar              SolarCalendar
//       HebrewCalendar                 LunisolarCalendar
//       HijriCalendar                  LunarCalendar
//       JapaneseCalendar               SolarCalendar
//       JapaneseLunisolarCalendar      LunisolarCalendar
//       JulianCalendar                 SolarCalendar
//       KoreanCalendar                 SolarCalendar
//       KoreanLunisolarCalendar        LunisolarCalendar
//       PersianCalendar                SolarCalendar
//       TaiwanCalendar                 SolarCalendar
//       TaiwanLunisolarCalendar        LunisolarCalendar
//       ThaiBuddhistCalendar           SolarCalendar
//       UmAlQuraCalendar               LunarCalendar

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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

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