Solved check if string is a date

Posted on 2009-07-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-07

I would like to check if a string is actually a date. However the issue is that I have to check that the string is actually a date in a spacific format. If the string isnt in a date certain format then I dont want to be recognised as a date.

The format of the date that Im looking to recognise is DDMMMYY
and example of this is 14Jun08

How would I do that ?

If Datestring = 14Jun08 the is date = true
If date string = 14Jun then date = NOT TRUE

I know its a wiered one but IsDate recognises the 14Jun as a valid date

Question by:MichMat
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Accepted Solution

Jaime Olivares earned 400 total points
ID: 24836367
you need TryParseExact method:

Dim date as DateTime
If DateTime.TryParseExact(someString, "ddMMMyy", DateTimeStyles.None, date) Then ....

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Assisted Solution

by:Kevin Cross
Kevin Cross earned 100 total points
ID: 24836400
Just don't forget the format provider (culture info).  Jaime's solution!
Dim s As String = "14Jun"
        Dim d As DateTime
        Dim enUS As New CultureInfo("en-US")
        If DateTime.TryParseExact(s, "ddMMMyy", enUS, DateTimeStyles.None, d) Then
            MsgBox("Is A Date")
            MsgBox("Is NOT A Date")
        End If

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Expert Comment

by:Kevin Cross
ID: 24836403
Very nice, Jaime.  I was going to do this the harder way.
Dim s As String = "14Jun"
        'Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions
        If Regex.IsMatch(s, "\d{2}[A-Za-z]{3}\d{2}") And IsDate(s) Then
            MsgBox("Is A Date")
            MsgBox("Is NOT A Date")
        End If

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Expert Comment

by:Jaime Olivares
ID: 24836429
>Very nice, Jaime.  I was going to do this the harder way. '
How you will check if month abreviatures are valid? You will need a huge regex for that
TryParseExact is designed to fulfill author's requirement.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31602656
Being a novice I couldnt get Jamies to work intill the correction from mwvista1, I hope that its ok to then award the points to both as each had a part in the sucessfull solution . Thank you I would have never looked at that.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24836447
Just a few dots on the i if I may:

1. IsDate("35Jun08") will yield true. If you use IsDate and you want to know it is a valid date with this type of date, use the following:

If IsDate(s) AndAlso DateTime.Parse(s).Day = Val(s) Then ...

2. Reversing the logic and using AndAlso would be more efficient (IsDate is likely faster then IsMatch). But that's just a minor treat of course and hardly relevant.

3. The suggestion from jaime is missing the third parameter:

DateTime.TryParseExact(someString, "ddMMMyy", CultureInfo.InvariantCulture, DateTimeStyles.None, date)

Anyway, just my 2p. I know that you guys have given excellent suggestions already ;-)
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Expert Comment

by:Jaime Olivares
ID: 24836535
Sorry for the missing parameter. Sometimes we don't have a machine with VS installed to fully check it.

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