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I' am doing a project (as a console application in Vb)

I have about 12 folders (for each month of an year) e.g. 2006-09 (sep).
Each folder contain about 20,000 xml files.

1. Now I want to group these files by their creation date. e.g. all files created on the 2006-09-20 belong to one group, files created on  2006-09-21 belong to another group and so on.

2. Then I want to compress and zip these collections (one by one) , so a zip file would look like ..\2006-09 (sep)\2006-09-20.zip

3. Then delete  all the files (for whom a zip has been created).
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Question by:manivineet
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by:Bob Learned
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Where is your question?
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Sreedhar Vengala earned 1500 total points
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Ok.. I got poc for you should work:
RootDirectory is HardCoded, you should be able tweak as per ur requirements.

using System.Linq;
using ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.Zip;

namespace ConsoleApplication4
{
    internal class Program
    {
        private static int bytesRead;

        private static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            var dir = new DirectoryInfo("c:\\RootFolder");
            DirectoryInfo[] directories = dir.GetDirectories();
            foreach (DirectoryInfo directory in directories)
            {
                IEnumerable<FileInfo> fileList = directory.GetFiles();
                IOrderedEnumerable<IGrouping<string, FileInfo>> queryGroupByCreationDate =
                    from file in fileList
                    group file by file.CreationTime.ToShortDateString()
                    into fileGroup
                        orderby fileGroup.Key
                        select fileGroup;

                foreach (var infos in queryGroupByCreationDate)
                {
                    var name = infos.ElementAt(0).DirectoryName;

                    DateTime time = Convert.ToDateTime(infos.Key);
                    var zipFileName = time.Year +"-" +time.Month +"-"+ time.Day;

                    FileStream fZip = File.Create(name + "\\" + zipFileName+".zip");
                    ZipOutputStream zipOutputStream = new ZipOutputStream(fZip);

                    foreach (var info in infos)
                    {
                        ZipEntry entry = new ZipEntry(info.Name);
                        zipOutputStream.PutNextEntry(entry);
                        FileStream fs = File.OpenRead(info.FullName);
                        try
                        {
                            var transferBuffer = new byte[1024];
                            do
                            {
                                bytesRead = fs.Read(transferBuffer, 0, transferBuffer.Length);
                                zipOutputStream.Write(transferBuffer,0,bytesRead);

                            } while (bytesRead>0);
                        }
                        finally
                        {
                            fs.Close();
                        }
                    }
                    zipOutputStream.Finish();
                    zipOutputStream.Close();

              }

            }

            foreach (var directory in directories)
            {
                var files = directory.GetFiles("*.xml");
                foreach (var file in files)
                {
                    File.Delete(file.FullName);
                }
            }
            Console.ReadKey();
        }
    }
}

Note: you need to have ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll
Can get it from : http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SharpZipLib/Download.aspx 
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by:Sreedhar Vengala
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Shouldn't be a problem to convert to VB
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