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vb.net convert non numeric date to numeric date

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I couldn't find a lot of documentation on this.

I have a non standardized database that I am trying to tame.  I have a lot of dates in written format (July 3, 2013 ) for example.  I only want the month and year for this and I would like to automate this process.

What is the best way to take that string and convert it to a date format?
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You can use the standard DateTime.TryParse() method and pass in the English culture like below.  Then pass in your desired format to ToString() to get just the month/year:
        Dim en As New System.Globalization.CultureInfo("en-US")

        Dim strDateFromDatabase As String = "July 3, 2013"
        Dim dt As Date

        ' ... loop thru the database rows ...

            If DateTime.TryParse(strDateFromDatabase, en, Globalization.DateTimeStyles.None, dt) Then
                Dim strFormattedDate As String = dt.ToString("MMyyyy")
                MessageBox.Show(strFormattedDate)
                ' ... do something with "strFormattedDate" ...
            Else
                MessageBox.Show(strDateFromDatabase, "Error Parsing Date")
            End If

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thanks!
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