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VB.NET UInt32 to DateTime

Posted on 2012-03-22
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Hello experts,

I have a UInt32 value that I need to convert to a DateTime

I have tried several methods and can't seem to get it to come out right.

my UInt32 value is 1327672399
and the decoded value should be
Friday, January 27 2012 08:53:19

I've been playing with the following to see if i could glean some useful insight into the conversion

Private Sub temporary(_uint As UInt32)
        '_uint = 1
        Dim _datetime As DateTime
        _datetime = DateTime.Now

        Debug.WriteLine("      TYPE            | SUCCESS | RESULT")
        Debug.WriteLine("Uint32 from DateTime = (" & UInt32.TryParse(Convert.ToString(_datetime), _uint) & ") " & Convert.ToString(_uint))
        Debug.WriteLine("DateTime from Uint32 = (" & DateTime.TryParse(Convert.ToString(_uint), _datetime) & ") " & _datetime)
    End Sub

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Question by:sgaggerj
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by:nepaluz
ID: 37754005
try
Date.FromOADate("youstring")

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by:davesgonebananas
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ID: 37754016
UInt32 unixTime = 1327672399;
System.DateTime date = new System.DateTime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0);
date = dateTime.AddSeconds(unixTime);

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ID: 37754023
Public Class Form1

    Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        MsgBox(UnixToLocal(1327672399))
    End Sub

    Public Function UnixToLocal(ByVal UnixDateStamp As Long) As Date
        Dim dt As Date

        dt = #1/1/1970#.AddSeconds(UnixDateStamp)
        Return dt.ToLocalTime
    End Function
End Class

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by:sgaggerj
ID: 37754106
@nepaluz,

sorry but that doesn't help me.

@ davesgonebananas,

did you mean
date = date.AddSeconds(unixTime);

?

@ davesgonebananas, @PaulHews

I tried your solutions, they're essentially identical.

Using them, i input 1327672399 as the UInt32 value and got out
#1/27/2012 1:53:19 PM#

Any idea on the 5 hour difference between that and the expected result of
#1/27/2012 08:53:19#

The two values I'm using as comparisons are generated by another app written in c++ using

typedef __time64_t time_t;

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I didn't write the other app.
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by:PaulHews
PaulHews earned 380 total points
ID: 37754145
local timesgaggerj,

Please check again.

Mine produces a local time, not the 1:53 PM time.  The difference is that simply converting the Unix epoch time stamp returns UTC time, which must be converted to local time.  In .NET it's as simple as calling .ToLocalTime() on the UTC time value.
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by:sgaggerj
ID: 37754340
it's always the little things =)

You're right, that did work!

Then to reverse the process I'd do

Dim ts As TimeSpan = value.ToUniversalTime - New DateTime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0)
Dim v As UInt32 = CUInt(ts.TotalSeconds)

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correct?
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by:BuggyCoder
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ID: 37754364
UInt32 unixDate = 1327672399;
            DateTime start = new DateTime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, DateTimeKind.Utc);
            DateTime date = start.AddSeconds(unixDate).ToLocalTime();

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by:PaulHews
ID: 37754386
>Then to reverse the process I'd do

Yes, that looks right.
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