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Parse a date and time from a string

Given the string "2008-05-06 13:29", parse it as a date representing 6th March, 2008 1:29:00pm in the local time zone.
let dateTime = DateTimeOffset.Parse("2008-05-06 13:29")

// Use format specifiers to appropriately format string
// 1. Default culture
printfn "%s" (dateTime.ToString("d MMMM, yyyy h:mm:sstt"))

// 2. Nominated culture
Console.WriteLine("{0}", dateTime.ToString("d MMMM, yyyy h:mm:sstt"), Globalization.CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture("en-us"))
let dateTime = DateTimeOffset.Parse("2008-05-06 13:29")

// Customize date/time string
let dsb = ((new StringBuilder(40)).Append(dateTime.ToString("%d")).Append("th ").Append(dateTime.ToString("MMMM, yyyy h:mm:ss")).Append(dateTime.ToString("tt").ToLower()))

printfn "%s" (dsb.ToString())

Display information about a date

Display the day of month, day of year, month name and day name of the day 8 days from now.
Using F# interactive

> let Then = DateTime.Now.AddDays(8.0)
- let dayNumber = Then.DayOfYear.ToString()
- let solution = Then.ToString("dd " + dayNumber + " MMMM dddd");;

val Then : DateTime = 08/08/2010 08:58:05
val dayNumber : string = "220"
val solution : string = "08 220 August Sunday"


Display a date in different locales

Display a language/locale friendly version of New Year's Day for 2009 for several languages/locales. E.g. for languages English, French, German, Italian, Dutch the output might be something like:

Thursday, January 1, 2009
jeudi 1 janvier 2009
giovedì 1 gennaio 2009
Donnerstag, 1. Januar 2009
donderdag 1 januari 2009

(Indicate in comments where possible if any language specific or operating system configuration needs to be in place.)
open System
open System.Globalization

let jan1 = DateTime(2009, 1, 1)

[ "en-US"; "fr-FR"; "de-DE"; "it-IT"; "nl-NL" ]
|> CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture
|> (fun c -> jan1.ToString("D", c))
|> List.iter (printfn "%s")

Display the current date and time

Create a Date object representing the current date and time. Print it out.
If you can also do this without creating a Date object you can show that too.
printfn "%A" System.DateTime.Now