Conversion of XML Data Types

The majority of the methods found in an XmlConvert class are used to convert data between strings and strongly-typed formats. Methods are locale independent. This means that they do not take into account any locale settings when doing conversion.

Reading String as types

The following sample reads a string and converts it to a DateTime type.

Given the following XML input:

Input

<Element>2001-02-27T11:13:23</Element>  

This code converts the string to the DateTime format:

reader.ReadStartElement()  
Dim vDateTime As DateTime = XmlConvert.ToDateTime(reader.ReadString())  
Console.WriteLine(vDateTime)  
reader.ReadStartElement();  
DateTime vDateTime = XmlConvert.ToDateTime(reader.ReadString());  
Console.WriteLine(vDateTime);  

Writing Strings as types

The following sample reads an Int32 and converts it to a string.

Given the following XML input:

Input

<TestInt32>-2147483648</TestInt32>  

This code converts the Int32 into a String:

Dim vInt32 As Int32 = -2147483648  
writer.WriteElementString("TestInt32", XmlConvert.ToString(vInt32))  
Int32 vInt32=-2147483648;  
writer.WriteElementString("TestInt32",XmlConvert.ToString(vInt32));  

See Also

Converting Strings to .NET Framework Data Types
Converting .NET Framework Types to Strings