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Can i convert a DateTime into a GUID?

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I have an interface which has a Guid as an Id field.
If I implement the interface in a class that represents dates, if I have an instance of the class is it possible to convert a datetime value into a guid so that it can be used as the unique identifier? I know I could use the datetime directly (as it would be unique in this setting) but I want to be able to satisfy the requirements of the interface.
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by:Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)
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You can use the following Guid constructor: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/3573497s(v=vs.110).aspx

Pass it the components of your date (milliseconds, year, day, month, hour, seconds) as you see fit to initialize it.
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Here is a simplistic implementation. The only thing you could do differently is ensure any days or months there were single digit (like 2 for February) is 02 instead of 2. However, this will put the date in the beginning of the Guid. You can modify this if you need hours, minutes, seconds, etc.
        public static Guid DateTimeToGuid(DateTime dateTime)
        {
            Guid guid = Guid.NewGuid();
            string guidEnd = guid.ToString().Substring(guid.ToString().IndexOf("-"), guid.ToString().Length - guid.ToString().IndexOf("-"));
            string guidStart = dateTime.Day.ToString() + dateTime.Month.ToString() + dateTime.Year.ToString();
            guidStart = guidStart.PadRight(8, '0');
            guid = new Guid(guidStart + guidEnd);

            return guid;
        }

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Thanks both.
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