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Nullable System.DateTime in Web.Config (System.DateTime?)

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I use the Stored Procedure Profile Provider in my ASP.NET web Project.

One of the values I need to store on the User Object is called PaymentDate. The datatype need to be DateTime, but since the value can be NULL I need the datatype it to be nullable.

In web.config I do like this:

<add name="PaymentDate" defaultValue="[null]" type="System.DateTime?" customProviderData="PaymentDate;DateTime;8" />

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The code compile, and everything seems to work fine. But, when I open the web page I get a web.config error saying "Cannot load type System.DateTime?".

If I change "System.DateTime?" to "System.DateTime" it is not possible to set p.PaymentDate = null; (PaymentDate cannot be null).

So, how can I set the PaymentDate Type to be Nullable DateTime in web.config?
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Question by:webressurs
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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Try this:

type="System.Nullable<System.DateTime>"

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by:Vikram Singh Saini
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Hi,

If kaufmed® solution works, then it's great.

Or you can use solution idea from link default value as null for a bool type in a profile provider for creating custom type.
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by:webressurs
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kaufm:

When writing type="System.Nullable<System.DateTime>" I get the error : Tag was not closed. When running the website I get the error: Configuration file is not well-formed XML.
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 250 total points
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Ah, forgot about the XML  : \

Let's try encoding the brackets:

type="System.Nullable&lt;System.DateTime&gt;"

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