Recipe 7.21. Checking for Leap Years


You want to check a year to see if it's a leap year.


Use the shared IsLeapYear() function provided by the Date object to test any year.


The IsLeapYear() function returns true if the year passed to it is a leap year and False if it isn't. The following code provides a working demonstration showing how to call this shared function to test the current year:

 Dim leapYear As Boolean = Date.IsLeapYear(Now.Year) MsgBox(String.Format( _    "{0} is a leap year: {1}", Now.Year, leapYear)) 

Figure 7-22 shows the results as displayed by the message box.

Figure 7-22. The Date.IsLeapYear function reveals instantly that 2005 is not a leap year

Because the IsLeapYear() function is a shared function, you must call it directly from the Date object, not from an instance of a Date.

Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook(c) Solutions for VB 2005 Programmers
Visual Basic 2005 Cookbook: Solutions for VB 2005 Programmers (Cookbooks (OReilly))
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