Parse Method (String)
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DateTimeOffset.Parse Method (String)

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Converts the specified string representation of a date, time, and offset to its DateTimeOffset equivalent.

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

public static DateTimeOffset Parse(
	string input
)

Parameters

input
Type: System.String
A string that contains a date and time to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTimeOffset
An object that is equivalent to the date and time that is contained in input.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The offset is greater than 14 hours or less than -14 hours.

ArgumentNullException

input is null.

FormatException

input does not contain a valid string representation of a date and time.

-or-

input contains the string representation of an offset value without a date or time.

Parse(String) parses a string with three elements that can appear in any order and are delimited by white space. These three elements are as shown in the following table.

Element

Example

<Date>

"2/10/2007"

<Time>

"1:02:03 PM"

<Offset>

"-7:30:15"

Although each of these elements is optional, <Offset> cannot appear by itself. It must be provided together with either <Date> or <Time>. If <Date> is missing, its default value is the current day. If <Time> is missing, its default value is 12:00:00 AM. If <Offset> is missing, its default value is the offset of the local time zone. <Offset> can represent either a negative or a positive offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). In either case, <Offset> must include a sign symbol.

The input string is parsed by using the formatting information in a DateTimeFormatInfo object that is initialized for the current culture. This means that the input parameter must contain the current culture's representation of a date and time. To parse a string that contains designated formatting that does not necessarily correspond to the formatting of the current culture, use the ParseExact method and provide a format specifier.

The following example calls the Parse(String) method to parse several date and time strings. The example includes output from March 22, 2007, on a system whose culture is en-us.


string dateString;
DateTimeOffset offsetDate;

// String with date only
dateString = "05/01/2008";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
outputBlock.Text += offsetDate.ToString() + "\n";

// String with time only
dateString = "11:36 PM";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
outputBlock.Text += offsetDate.ToString() + "\n";

// String with date and offset 
dateString = "05/01/2008 +1:00";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
outputBlock.Text += offsetDate.ToString() + "\n";

// String with day abbreviation
dateString = "Thu May 01, 2008";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
outputBlock.Text += offsetDate.ToString() + "\n";


Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

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