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I want to format date from "2014-11-21 00:00:00" to 11/21/14.  It works fine on test_1, but on test_2 I got String was not recognized as a valid DateTime.
I am not sure why?

String was not recognized as a valid DateTime.

 Dim test_1 As DateTime = "2014-11-21 00:00:00"
 Dim test_2 As DateTime = "2014-11-06 00:00:00"

 Dim result As String = Date.ParseExact(test_1, "MM/dd/yyyy", Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture).ToString("MM/dd/yy")
 Dim result1 As String = Date.ParseExact(test_2, "MM/dd/yyyy", Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture).ToString("MM/dd/yy")

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Question by:VBdotnet2005
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It's because you already have test_1 and test_2 defined as DateTime objects and ParseExact is using their ToString() methods to retrieve their string values.  Date.ParseExact is used to convert (or parse) strings into DateTime objects.

The ToString() method would be called on each of the DateTime objects, whereby the string representation for test_2 is 11/6/2014.  This does not match the format of MM/dd/yyyy as the day portion contains one character (test_1 on the other hand has a two-digit date).  Proof of Concept:
Module Module1
	Sub Main()
		Dim test_2 As DateTime = "2014-11-06 00:00:00"
		Console.WriteLine(test_2)
		Console.ReadLine()
	End Sub
End Module

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Which produces the following output:Capture.JPGTo correct, either remove the parse lines (as they are already DateTime objects):
Module Module1
	Sub Main()
		Dim test_1 As DateTime = "2014-11-21 00:00:00"
		Dim test_2 As DateTime = "2014-11-06 00:00:00"

		Console.WriteLine(test_1.ToString("MM/dd/yy"))
		Console.WriteLine(test_2.ToString("MM/dd/yy"))
		Console.ReadLine()
	End Sub
End Module

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Which produces the following:Capture.JPGOr remove the DateTime specification from test_1 and test_2 thereby making them strings.  But you will have to change your format in the Date.ParseExact() method:
Module Module1
	Sub Main()
		Dim test_1 = "2014-11-21 00:00:00"
		Dim test_2 = "2014-11-06 00:00:00"

		Dim result As String = Date.ParseExact(test_1, "yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss", Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture).ToString("MM/dd/yy")
		Dim result1 As String = Date.ParseExact(test_2, "yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss", Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture).ToString("MM/dd/yy")
		Console.WriteLine(result)
		Console.WriteLine(result1)
		Console.ReadLine()
	End Sub
End Module

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Which would produce the same output as above.

-saige-
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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 250 total points
ID: 40576029
The ParseExact  method expects a String to be provided for the date, not a Date (see MSDN).

As you already have Dates, you don't need to parse them to show different formats with the ToString method...

Dim test_1 As DateTime = "2014-11-21 00:00:00"
 Dim test_2 As DateTime = "2014-11-06 00:00:00"

 Dim result As String = test_1.ToString("MM/dd/yy")
 Dim result1 As String = test_2.ToString("MM/dd/yy")

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This will tell you how it is interpreting the date strings you initially provided.
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by:VBdotnet2005
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Thank you both
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