Wednesday, September 21, 2016

String to Enum parsing

The normal way of parsing an string containing an enum value:

var text = "Unknown";
var parsed = (KnownType)Enum.Parse(typeof(KnownType), text, true);

I've always found this to be ugly when scattered in the code base and usually I solve it by adding the following string extension to the projects utility class:

public static <T> ParseEnum(this string s)
    return (T) Enum.Parse(typeof (T), s, true);


var text = "Unknown";
var parsed = text.ParseEnum<KnownType>();

Hope this helps someone out there

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