getting error in DateTime

Hello experts,

                   I have this line of code;
protected void Textbox1_Changed(object sender, EventArgs e)
     {
        string dt = ((TextBox)DetailsView1.FindControl("Textbox1")).Text;
        DateTime dtInput = DateTime.ParseExact(dt, "mmddyy", System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.DateTimeFormat);
        ((TextBox)DetailsView1.FindControl("Textbox1")).Text = dtInput.ToString("mm/dd/yy");
     }

What it does is it allows the user to put the date like 010207 without putting the backslash. Once they leave the textbox, the backslash will be there. Now the problem is if there is a date that the user wants to modify for example 12/05/07 to 12/06/07, then there is an error "System.FormatException: String was not recognized as a valid DateTime. It will only allow them to update if they delete the whole date and enter the new date. But if they just want to change the month, then this error comes up.

Any help please.
siddhuoopsAsked:
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WebstormCommented:
Hi siddhuoops,

Firstly, Your method should be in the DetailsView1 form class, so you don't need to find the control, but directly using the Textbox1 member.

Secondly, when you change user input from mmddyy to mm/dd/yy, the next time the method is called you get mm/dd/yy instead of mmddyy
-> you may accept both format


protected void Textbox1_Changed(object sender, EventArgs e)
     {
        try{
           string dt = Textbox1.Text;
           DateTime dtInput = null;
            try{
                dtInput = DateTime.ParseExact(dt, "mmddyy", System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.DateTimeFormat);
            } catch(FormatException)
           {
                dtInput = DateTime.ParseExact(dt, "mm/dd/yy", System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture.DateTimeFormat);
           }
           Textbox1.Text = dtInput.ToString("mm/dd/yy");
        } catch(FormatException)
        {
        }
     }
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siddhuoopsAuthor Commented:
When I run this code, I get this error message. "Cannot convert null to 'System.DateTime' because it is a value type.
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WebstormCommented:
Replace:
   DateTime dtInput = null;
By:
   DateTime dtInput = (DateTime)null;
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siddhuoopsAuthor Commented:
This doesn't work either....I tried doing
DateTime dtInput;

And then it works. Is there any reason behind declaring dtInput as null?

Without it, I think its working.
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WebstormCommented:
I initialized it in order to avoid unitialized compilation error.
But I guess null initialization failed because it's a struct, not a class.

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