When working with ASP.NET applications, time zones are often a problem when dealing with
DateTime structures. There are two different common scenarios that a developer is likely to encounter. The first is that you are placing the application on a hosted server that is in a different time zone than the business you are trying to operate. The second is that you have users from different time zones and would like to display the date and time to the user in their local time zone rather than the server's time zone.
Hosted Time Zone addresses this problem by providing two settings.
ApplicationTimeZone sets the time zone to be used by the entire application.
ThreadTimeZone sets the time zone to be used by the currently running thread, which defaults to the
ApplicationTimeZone if no time zone has been specified on the thread. If you are using
ThreadTimeZone then you need to be sure to set the value for each request made to the server. You will usually do this in your global.asax file, such as in the
Using the code
To actually perform the conversions you can call the
, ToThreadTime, or
static methods on the
class. Additionally, extension methods have been declared for the
classes that perform the same functions more cleanly. In order for the extension methods to work you must import the
You should note that there are not any overloads for
class. This is because the
performs the same function, so they would be redundant.
Points of Interest
This library requires the
TimeZoneInfo class, which is not available until the .NET Framework 3.5. Therefore, it is not compatible with ASP.NET 2.0 or earlier.
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