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TimeZone Class

Represents a time zone.

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

public ref class TimeZone abstract

A time zone is a geographical region in which the same standard time is used.

Important noteImportant Note:

   Whenever possible, use the TimeZoneInfo class instead of the TimeZone class.

You can use the TimeZone class to retrieve information about the current time zone, and to convert times from local time to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or vice versa. However, you cannot use the TimeZone class to represent time zones other than the local zone or to handle date and time conversions from one time zone to another. For this purpose, use the TimeZoneInfo class. You can use this class to retrieve information on any time zone defined on the local system, to create custom time zones, and to convert times from one time zone to another.

The TimeZone class supports only a single daylight saving time adjustment rule for the local time zone. As a result, the TimeZone class can accurately report daylight saving time information or convert between UTC and local time only for the period in which the latest adjustment rule is in effect. In contrast, the TimeZoneInfo class supports multiple adjustment rules, which makes it possible to work with historic time zone data.

Notes to Inheritors:

In addition to providing implementations for its abstract members (those marked MustOverride in Visual Basic), it is important that classes derived from TimeZone override the default behavior of the ToLocalTime method. This is because the default behavior of ToLocalTime in the .NET Framework version 2.0 does not depend on a call to GetUtcOffset, as it did in the .NET Framework versions 1.0 and 1.1. For details, see the ToLocalTime method.

The following example references and displays selected TimeZone class elements.

// Example of selected TimeZone class elements. 
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Globalization;
int main()
   String^ dataFmt = "{0,-30}{1}";
   String^ timeFmt = "{0,-30}{1:yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm}";
   Console::WriteLine( "This example of selected TimeZone class " 
   "elements generates the following \n" 
   "output, which varies depending on the " 
   "time zone in which it is run.\n" );

   // Get the local time zone and the current local time and year.
   TimeZone^ localZone = TimeZone::CurrentTimeZone;
   DateTime currentDate = DateTime::Now;
   int currentYear = currentDate.Year;

   // Display the names for standard time and daylight saving  
   // time for the local time zone.
   Console::WriteLine( dataFmt, "Standard time name:", localZone->StandardName );
   Console::WriteLine( dataFmt, "Daylight saving time name:", localZone->DaylightName );

   // Display the current date and time and show if they occur  
   // in daylight saving time.
   Console::WriteLine( String::Concat( "\n", timeFmt ), "Current date and time:", currentDate );
   Console::WriteLine( dataFmt, "Daylight saving time?", localZone->IsDaylightSavingTime( currentDate ) );

   // Get the current Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and UTC  
   // offset.
   DateTime currentUTC = localZone->ToUniversalTime( currentDate );
   TimeSpan currentOffset = localZone->GetUtcOffset( currentDate );
   Console::WriteLine( timeFmt, "Coordinated Universal Time:", currentUTC );
   Console::WriteLine( dataFmt, "UTC offset:", currentOffset );

   // Get the DaylightTime object for the current year.
   DaylightTime^ daylight = localZone->GetDaylightChanges( currentYear );

   // Display the daylight saving time range for the current year.
   Console::WriteLine( "\nDaylight saving time for year {0}:", currentYear );
   Console::WriteLine( "{0:yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm} to " 
   "{1:yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm}, delta: {2}", daylight->Start, daylight->End, daylight->Delta );

This example of selected TimeZone class elements generates the following
output, which varies depending on the time zone in which it is run.

Standard time name:           Pacific Standard Time
Daylight saving time name:    Pacific Daylight Time

Current date and time:        2006-01-06 16:47
Daylight saving time?         False
Coordinated Universal Time:   2006-01-07 00:47
UTC offset:                   -08:00:00

Daylight saving time for year 2006:
2006-04-02 02:00 to 2006-10-29 02:00, delta: 01:00:00

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0