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Parse  
Method  
Converts a string representation of date and time into a DateTime value
DateTime Structure
System NameSpace
CF1.  Function Parse ( Value : String ) : DateTime; Static;
CF2.  Function Parse ( Value : String; FormatProvider : IFormatProvider ) : DateTime; Static;
CF3.  Function Parse ( Value : String; FormatProvider : IFormatProvider; Style : DateTimeStyles ) : DateTime; Static;
CF : Methods with this mark are Compact Framework Compatible
Description
Parses the Value string representation of date and/or time into a DateTime value.
 
Omitting the date component defaults the date to the current date.
 
The optional FormatProvider parameter determines the parsing rules and is beyond the scope of this article.
 
The optional Style parameter determines the allowed characters, such as blanks, in the Value.
Notes
Static methods are not methods of an object - they are simply class functions or procedures available at any time.
References
DateTimeStyles
Microsoft MSDN Links
System
System.DateTime
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A simple example
program Project1;
{$APPTYPE CONSOLE}

var
  when : DateTime;

begin
  Console.WriteLine('This example uses UK datetime formatting');
  Console.WriteLine;

  when := System.DateTime.Parse('24/06/2004');
  Console.WriteLine('Parsed value = {0:F}', when);

  when := System.DateTime.Parse('17:30:00');
  Console.WriteLine;
  Console.WriteLine('Omitted date defaults to the current date');
  Console.WriteLine;
  Console.WriteLine('Parsed value = {0:F}', when);

  when := System.DateTime.Parse('24 June 2004 11:22:33');
  Console.WriteLine('Parsed value = {0:F}', when);

  Console.ReadLine;
end.
   This example uses UK datetime formatting
  
   Parsed value = 24 June 2004 00:00:00
  
   Omitted date defaults to the current date
  
   Parsed value = 13 October 2004 17:30:00
   Parsed value = 24 June 2004 11:22:33
 
 
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