You need to specify InvariantCulture because even with a simple format like that it might have unexpected results if you use the current culture. For instance, the culture might not even use the western calendar!
For example, if I do this:
CultureInfo culture = new CultureInfo("ja-JP");
// Japanese culture settings uses Western calendar by default; might not be true for all cultures though.
culture.DateTimeFormat.Calendar = new JapaneseCalendar();
Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = culture;
string result = myDate.ToString("ddMMyyyy");
In this case, I've changed the current culture to something that uses a different calendar. Now, if myDate is December 29th 2009, the string result will be "291221". Why? Because on the Japanese calendar, the current year is Heisei 21.
It's easily imaginable that on some system, somewhere, the default culture will be set to something that doesn't produce the correct result even with the format string "ddMMyyyy". That's why you
always specify the InvariantCulture if you need a specific result, even if you think it doesn't matter.
Ah, yes. AFAIK the thai system by default uses the buddist year, so 2009 is 2552.
Quite confusing in fact when you're there
Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = new CultureInfo("th-th");