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CultureInfo.Clone Method

Creates a copy of the current CultureInfo.

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

public virtual Object Clone ()
public Object Clone ()
public function Clone () : Object

Return Value

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.

using System;
using System.Globalization;


public class SamplesCultureInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a CultureInfo.
      CultureInfo myCI = new CultureInfo("en-US", false);

      // Clones myCI and modifies the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the clone.
      CultureInfo myCIclone = (CultureInfo) myCI.Clone();
      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\tORIGINAL\tMODIFIED CLONE" );
      Console.WriteLine( "DTFI.AMDesignator\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator );
      Console.WriteLine( "DTFI.DateSeparator\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator );
      Console.WriteLine( "NFI.CurrencySymbol\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol, myCIclone.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol );
      Console.WriteLine( "NFI.NumberDecimalDigits\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits, myCIclone.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits );
      
   }

}

/*
This code produces the following output.

DTFI/NFI PROPERTY       ORIGINAL        MODIFIED CLONE
DTFI.AMDesignator       AM              a.m.
DTFI.DateSeparator      /               -
NFI.CurrencySymbol      $               USD
NFI.NumberDecimalDigits 2               4

*/

import System.* ;
import System.Globalization.* ;

public class SamplesCultureInfo
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // Creates and initializes a CultureInfo.
        CultureInfo myCI =  new CultureInfo("en-US", false);

        // Clones myCI and modifies the DTFI and NFI instances 
        // associated with the clone.
        CultureInfo myCIclone = ((CultureInfo)(myCI.Clone()));
        myCIclone.get_DateTimeFormat().set_AMDesignator( "a.m.");
        myCIclone.get_DateTimeFormat().set_DateSeparator ("-");
        myCIclone.get_NumberFormat().set_CurrencySymbol("USD");
        myCIclone.get_NumberFormat().set_NumberDecimalDigits(4);

        // Displays the properties of the DTFI and NFI instances associated 
        // with the original and with the clone. 
        Console.WriteLine("DTFI/NFI PROPERTY\tORIGINAL\tMODIFIED CLONE");
        Console.WriteLine("DTFI.AMDesignator\t{0}\t\t{1}", 
            myCI.get_DateTimeFormat().get_AMDesignator(), 
            myCIclone.get_DateTimeFormat().get_AMDesignator());
        Console.WriteLine("DTFI.DateSeparator\t{0}\t\t{1}", 
            myCI.get_DateTimeFormat().get_DateSeparator(), 
            myCIclone.get_DateTimeFormat().get_DateSeparator());
        Console.WriteLine("NFI.CurrencySymbol\t{0}\t\t{1}", 
            myCI.get_NumberFormat().get_CurrencySymbol(), 
            myCIclone.get_NumberFormat().get_CurrencySymbol());
        Console.WriteLine("NFI.NumberDecimalDigits\t{0}\t\t{1}",
            System.Convert.ToString(
            myCI.get_NumberFormat().get_NumberDecimalDigits()), 
            System.Convert.ToString(
            myCIclone.get_NumberFormat().get_NumberDecimalDigits()));
    } //main
} //SamplesCultureInfo

/*
This code produces the following output.

DTFI/NFI PROPERTY       ORIGINAL        MODIFIED CLONE
DTFI.AMDesignator       AM              a.m.
DTFI.DateSeparator      /               -
NFI.CurrencySymbol      $               USD
NFI.NumberDecimalDigits 2               4
*/

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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