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How do I convert seconds (decimal) to Hours:Minutes:Seconds.0000

Posted on 2006-10-31
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Friends,

I have a value, obtained from a string, and converted to decimal.  Now, an example of the decimal value would be 4321.1234.  I want to convert that decimal value to Hours:Minutes:Seconds.1234.  How do I do that?

Example 4321.1234 would be converted to 1:12:01.1234

Syntax help please!

Thanks in advance!

Eric

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Question by:indy500fan
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AlexFM earned 200 total points
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See TimeSpan structure. TimeSpan instance can be initialized with number of seconds, and then printed in desired format using ToString method. However, TimeSpan presision is milliseconds, which is not enough for you. You can pass only 4321 to TimeSpan constructor, format it and then add .1234.

You can initilaize TimeSpan instance using constructor
Dim instance As New TimeSpan(hours, minutes, seconds)

with parameters (0, 0, nimber_of_seconds)
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by:Praveen Kumar
ID: 17843109
try this

Public Function SecToTime(Seconds As Double) As String
    Dim   H, M As Integer
    Dim S As Double
    H= Seconds/3600
   M = Seconds/60 - H * 60
   S = Seconds - (H * 3600 + M * 60)
   Return H.Tostring & ":" & M.ToString & ":" & S.Tostring
End Function
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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Another version using TimeSpan:

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim timeInSecs As Double = 4321.1234
        Dim strTime As String = ConvertTimeInSeconds(timeInSecs)
        Debug.WriteLine(strTime)
    End Sub

    Private Function ConvertTimeInSeconds(ByVal timeInSeconds As Double) As String
        Dim ts As New TimeSpan(timeInSeconds * TimeSpan.TicksPerSecond)
        Return ts.Hours & ":" & ts.Minutes.ToString("00") & ":" & ts.Seconds.ToString("00") & "." & ts.Milliseconds.ToString("0000")
    End Function
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by:indy500fan
ID: 17843477
Idle_Mind,

I think AlexFM is onto something with regards to Milliseconds.  Yours works great, except that the Milliseconds value is returned as .0123

Is there a trick to the Milliseconds?
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by:indy500fan
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I think I have it based on a combination of your responses, but I wonder if you guys can improve upon it.

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click

        Dim TimeString As String = "4321.1234"
        Dim SplitUpTimeString() As String
        SplitUpTimeString = Split(TimeString, ".")
        Dim timeInSeconds As Double = SplitUpTimeString(0)
        Dim strTime As String = ConvertTimeInSeconds(timeInSeconds) & "." & SplitUpTimeString(1)
        MessageBox.Show(strTime)

    End Sub

    Private Function ConvertTimeInSeconds(ByVal timeInSeconds As Double) As String
        Dim ts As New TimeSpan(timeInSeconds * TimeSpan.TicksPerSecond)
        Return ts.Hours & ":" & ts.Minutes.ToString("00") & ":" & ts.Seconds.ToString("00")
    End Function

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by:Mike Tomlinson
ID: 17843911
Shouldn't it just be?

    Return ... & "." & ts.Milliseconds.ToString("000")

Note that ToString("0000") has been changed to ToString("000") since Milliseconds can be between 0 and 999.

I put an extra zero in there by accident...
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by:indy500fan
ID: 17843926
Idle Mind,

Uh, well, that will only give me to the thousandths place right?  I need it to the ten-thousandths place (our timing system is accurate to the ten-thousandths place.  :)

Eric
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by:Mike Tomlinson
Mike Tomlinson earned 1800 total points
ID: 17844226
I think this can handle a wider range of inputs (with or without the fractional seconds):

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim timeInSecs As Double = 4321.1234
        Dim strTime As String = ConvertTimeInSeconds(timeInSecs)
        Debug.WriteLine(strTime)
    End Sub

    Private Function ConvertTimeInSeconds(ByVal timeInSeconds As Double) As String
        Dim ts As New TimeSpan(timeInSeconds * TimeSpan.TicksPerSecond)
        Dim retVal As String = ts.Hours & ":" & ts.Minutes.ToString("00") & ":" & ts.Seconds.ToString("00") & "."

        Dim milliSeconds As String = "0000"
        Dim strTimeInSeconds As String = timeInSeconds.ToString
        If strTimeInSeconds.Contains(".") Then
            milliSeconds = strTimeInSeconds.Substring(strTimeInSeconds.IndexOf(".") + 1).PadRight(4, "0")
            If milliSeconds.Length > 4 Then
                milliSeconds = milliSeconds.Substring(0, 4)
            End If
        End If

        Return retVal & milliSeconds
    End Function
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