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I can't seem to find the DateTime data type??

Posted on 2008-10-04
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Greetings Experts!
I am using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and I have VS Sp1 installed too, the problem I am facing is that in the code behind page I am trying to create variables of the type DateTime, but the DateTime type doesn't get listed on the data types list that pops up, so I am wondering is there a namespace that I need to import for me to use the DateTime data types.??

thanks in advance.

~salman~
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DateTime is located in System namespace. If you still don't see it in IntelliSense try simply typing it there manually and compiling.
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It is found in the system namespace..

vb - dim x as system.datetime
c#  System.DateTime x;
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woulde be better if you write at the beginning of each source file:

Imports System

So you don't have to type System.... every time you need a date time or other fundamental class
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The system namespace is normally either imports (vb) or using (c#) at the start of any file codefile unless it was accidently deleted... That does not mean though that intellisence always picks up things.. so sometimes you still have to put the full name of the class in including the namespace
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That drives me nuts too...I have to constantly hit the escape key so I can actually code a DateTime.

Intellisense defaults to the newer DateTimeOffset:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb384267.aspx

DateTime: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.datetime(VS.80).aspx
DateTimeOffset: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.datetimeoffset.aspx

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by:salman_sulaiman_2008
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Greetings everyone!
thanks for the replies! I really appreciate it!
I actually realised that the DateTime type was already on the list, I just had to click on the "ALL" instead of "Common", it seems that the popup list shows the common data types and not all of them, so when I clicked on view ALL then I found the DateTime type.

Best Wishes,

~Salman~
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