InfoPath setting date value with code behind

Format matters! So if you ever tried to set a date value to an infopath form by using code behind, you might got this really nice displaying with a beautiful red dotted border:

Why? It’s easy – cause you have to format the date in the right way InfoPath expects it! InfoPath expects it this way: yyyy-mm-dd.

Well that’s easy. But in order to overwrite the value of a datefield, you have to insert these lines of code in order to overwrite a date field with string values! So i didn’t test it without this function:

public void DeleteNil(XPathNavigator node)
if (node.MoveToAttribute("nil", "<a href=""></a>"))

After that you can use this function in order to set attribute and overwrite the field by setting the value as you desire.

//In order to overwrite the field with datetime

//Opening the access to the field of the form
XPathNavigator navForm = this.CreateNavigator();
XmlNamespaceManager NS = this.NamespaceManager;

DeleteNil(navForm.SelectSingleNode("/my:meineFelder/my:CreationDay", NS));

DateTime getDate = Convert.ToDateTime(dr["CreateDate"]);

string convDate = getDate.ToString("yyyy-MM-dd");

navForm.SelectSingleNode("/my:meineFelder/my:CreationDay", NS).SetValue(convDate);

And it looks like a normal date field:

As you can see the red dotted validation does not show up.

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Karsten Schneider
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He is Consultant for SharePoint Solutions for collaboration, communication and business processes. He provides his customers applications based on standard features as well as development or combining the power of several microsoft tools like Dynamics CRM. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.