Start timer at next fixed interval

I am using a timer but I don't want it to start until the next exact 10s slot

By this I mean

12/12/2014 16:02:14.000 should start at 12/12/2014 16:02:20.000

Thanks for the help
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
Then you have two timers.  The first just to check for the start time of the second timer and set that going when it is required.
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Ali HNDCommented:
Set timer interval to 100
Private Sub Timer1_Tick(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick
        Dim s As Integer = DateTime.Now.Second
        If s Mod 10 = 0 Then
            'Something that you need to do
        End If
    End Sub

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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
Oh and one other thing.
next exact 10s slot
Timer events are fired when the system is not busy.  You can never guarantee it will be at .000 seconds no matter what you set as the timer interval.
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Ali HNDCommented:
@AndyAinscow
I think, by decreasing interval of timer to 100, 10 or 1 that's possible to do.
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
>>I think, by decreasing interval of timer to 100, 10 or 1 that's possible to do.

Sorry but that is not correct.  Various services run, numbers of programs run.  Each are given a time slice.  You can never be certain that time slice will be cover eg. 16:02:20.000
The time slice might start at 16:02:20.001 or it might finish at 16:02:19.999 or even further away OR, by chance, it might be at 16:02:20.000.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Instead of two timers, I like to calculate the milliseconds to the next target time like this:
Public Class Form1

	Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
		Timer1.Interval = IntervalToNextTarget()
		Timer1.Start()
	End Sub

	Private Function IntervalToNextTarget() As Integer
		Dim now As DateTime = DateTime.Now
		Return CInt(now.AddSeconds(10 - (now.Second Mod 10)).Subtract(now).TotalMilliseconds)
	End Function

	Private Sub Timer1_Tick(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick
		' ... do something ...
		Debug.Print(DateTime.Now)

		Timer1.Interval = IntervalToNextTarget()
	End Sub

End Class

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