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Visual Basic (Classic) FAQ

Quirks of Framework 2.0

Date/DateTime Type cannot be NEW()'ed with Date/DateTime instance by Qik3Coder
Posted: 23 Jan 07

Instead of:

CODE

Dim myDate As New Date(Now())
'or
Dim myDateTime As New DateTime(Now())
You must write:

CODE

Dim myDate As New Date()
myDate = Now()
'or
Dim myDateTime As New DateTime()
myDateTime = Now()

'OR

Dim myDate As Date = Now()
'or
Dim myDateTime As DateTime = Now()

Keep in mind this example may seem a little irrelevant, but it's a quirk of the system, you cannot create a new Date/DateTime instance with an instance of Date/DateTime.

Now you will probably say, "Well there are 11 different New constructors for the Date/Datetime Types. There must be one that you can use."

The problem lies in that only one of the constructors takes a base type (of Long), and the Date/DateTime types do not have a .ToLong property. All the other Constructors take date parts.

Thanks,

Qik3Coder

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