Parse a UK Date String

By default, the DateTime.Parse() method assumes that dates given to it are in US format. In order to get it to process a non-US format date, such as the UK dd/mm/yyyy format, we need to pass it the appropriate "culture" information, like so:

C#

// we need to have imported System.Globalization
// using System.Globalization;

// fetch the en-GB culture
CultureInfo ukCulture = new CultureInfo("en-GB");
// pass the DateTimeFormat information to DateTime.Parse
DateTime myDateTime = DateTime.Parse("18/09/2004",ukCulture.DateTimeFormat);

VB.NET

' we need to have imported System.Globalization
' Imports System.Globalization

' fetch the en-GB culture
Dim ukCulture As CultureInfo = New CultureInfo("en-GB")
' pass the DateTimeFormat information to DateTime.Parse
Dim myDateTime As DateTime = DateTime.Parse("18/09/2004", ukCulture.DateTimeFormat)
 

Once converted, you can then call things like myDateTime.ToShortDateString() and actually get the format you expect - nice! :)

In case you're wondering what that en-GB bit is actually about - the first two characters give the ISO Language Code (ISO 639), and the second two give the ISO Country Code (ISO 3166).

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