I cam trying to convert a datetime to string and back, but making it so that it works for all cultures.
I basically have a Textbox (tbDateTime) and a label (lbDateTime). The label tells the user, in which format the software expects the input of tbDateTime. The input of the Textbox will be used for an MySQL command.
Currently it works like this:
lbDateTime.Text = "DD.MM.YYYY hh:mm:ss"; // I live in germany
DateTime date = Convert.ToDateTime(tbDateTime.Text);
String filter = date.ToString("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
Instead of using the
Convert.ToDateTime method you can use the
DateTime.ParseExact methods. Both allow you to pass a culture that tells how you expect the date to be formatted.
DateTime.ParseExact method also allows you to specify the format you expect, so you can parse more or less any format with this method.
Convert.ToDateTime. The documentation says that the current culture is used when parsing: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/xhz1w05e.aspx
The current culture can be found using the
Oh. You may also want to use
DateTime.TryParseExact if you are unsure whether the given format is invalid.
Lots of edits here... I see that you want to determine the culture string that matches the date the user has entered. There is no general solution that is guaranteed to work here. Say for instance that the user has entered the date 01.02.11. There is no way to be certain if this date is in day.month.year or month.day.year or year.month.day and so on.
The best you can do is to have a list of expected input cultures and start with the most likely and try to parse the date using that. If that fails, you can try the second most likely and so on...
But this is really not recommended. Either give the user an expected format, or better, use a date input box that ensures that you receive the selected date in an appropriate format.