Question:

What is the output of the short program below? Explain your answer.

class Program {
  static String location;
  static DateTime time;
 
  static void Main() {
    Console.WriteLine(location == null ? "location is null" : location);
    Console.WriteLine(time == null ? "time is null" : time.ToString());
  }
}

Answer:

The output will be:

location is null
1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM

Although both variables are uninitialized, String is a reference type and DateTime is a value type. As a value type, an unitialized DateTime variable is set to a default value of midnight of 1/1/1 (yup, that’s the year 1 A.D.), not null.


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