Calculating the Years Between Dates

Business applications often find it useful to calculate the number of years between two particular dates, such as the date a customer first ordered and the present date, perhaps to see whether they apply for a "loyalty" discount or a free gift.

Don't scramble in the code window. Just use my next little snippet. Simply call YearsBetweenDates, passing in a start date and end date. It'll return an Integer containing the number of full years between the specified dates:

Public Function YearsBetweenDates(ByVal StartDate As DateTime, _
       ByVal EndDate As DateTime) As Integer
       ' Returns the number of years between the passed dates
       If Month(EndDate) < Month(StartDate) Or _
          (Month(EndDate) = Month(StartDate) And _
          (EndDate.Day) < (StartDate.Day)) Then
           Return Year(EndDate) - Year(StartDate) - 1
   Else
           Return Year(EndDate) - Year(StartDate)
   End If
End Function

About the Author

Karl Moore (MCSD, MVP) is an experience author living in Yorkshire, England. He is author of numerous technology books, including the new Ultimate VB .NET and ASP.NET Code Book (ISBN 1-59059-106-2, $49.99), plus regularly features at industry conferences and on BBC radio. Moore also runs his own creative consultancy, White Cliff Computing Ltd. Visit his official Web site at www.karlmoore.com.



About the Author

Karl Moore

Karl Moore (MCSD, MVP) is an experience author living in Yorkshire, England. He is the author of numerous technology books, including the new Ultimate VB .NET and ASP.NET Code Book (ISBN 1-59059-106-2), plus regularly features at industry conferences and on BBC radio. Moore also runs his own creative consultancy, White Cliff Computing Ltd. Visit his official Web site at www.karlmoore.com.

Comments

  • 11hvariava

    Posted by Humairaa on 11/18/2014 02:08am

    this does not work

    Reply
  • Add on . . .

    Posted by WzBn on 09/14/2005 12:56pm

    the following routine give extras info about years, days and months: Private Function DateToString(ByVal dtLower As Date, ByVal dtHigher As Date) As String Dim sRes As New System.Text.StringBuilder Try Dim lyears, lmonths, ldays As Long lyears = dtHigher.Year - dtLower.Year If dtHigher.Month = dtLower.Month Then ' Mes Igual lmonths = 0 If dtHigher.Day = dtLower.Day Then ' Dia Igual ldays = 0 ElseIf dtHigher.Day > dtLower.Day Then 'Dia Menor ldays = dtLower.Day - dtHigher.Day Else 'Dia Mayor lyears = Convert.ToInt32(IIf(lyears > 0, lyears - 1, 0)) lmonths = 11 ldays = (DaysperMonths(dtLower) - dtLower.Day) + dtHigher.Day End If ElseIf dtHigher.Month > dtLower.Month Then ' Mes Menor lmonths = dtHigher.Month - dtLower.Month If dtHigher.Day = dtLower.Day Then ' Dia Igual ldays = 0 ElseIf dtHigher.Day > dtLower.Day Then 'Dia Menor ldays = dtHigher.Day - dtLower.Day Else 'Dia Mayor lmonths -= 1 ldays = (DaysperMonths(dtLower) - dtLower.Day) + dtHigher.Day End If Else ' Mes Mayor lyears = Convert.ToInt32(IIf(lyears > 0, lyears - 1, 0)) lmonths = dtHigher.Month + (12 - dtLower.Month) If dtHigher.Day = dtLower.Day Then ' Dia Igual ldays = 0 ElseIf dtHigher.Day > dtLower.Day Then 'Dia Menor 'lmonths -= 1 ldays = dtHigher.Day - dtLower.Day Else 'Dia Mayor lmonths -= 1 ldays = (DaysperMonths(dtLower) - dtLower.Day) + dtHigher.Day End If End If sRes.AppendFormat("{0},{1},{2}", Math.Abs(lyears), Math.Abs(lmonths), Math.Abs(ldays)) Catch ex As Exception 'Debug.WriteLine(ex.ToString) End Try Return (sRes.ToString) End Functio

    Reply
  • what about using

    Posted by calin on 07/27/2004 03:40pm

    DateDiff(interval, date1, date2[, firstdayofweek[, firstweekofyear]])

    Reply
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