Enums in C# - Creating, looping, casting and counting


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A few features of the enum concept in C#...

Create enum

public enum Names
    Robert, //Will get 0 as value
    Julia, //Will get 1 as value
    Matt = 3 //Will be forced to 3

Enumerating / looping Enums in C

foreach (Names item in Enum.GetValues(typeof(Names)))
    // ...

Cast int to enum

Cast int to enum (name will be Matt):

Names name = (Names)3;

Check if cast is possible:

if (Enum.IsDefined(typeof(Names), 3))

Cast enum to int

Cast enum to int-value (value will be 3):

int value = (int)Names.Matt;

Number of items

Get number of names in enum (will return 3):

var namesCount = Enum.GetNames(typeof(Names)).Length;

Get number of distinct values (will return 3):

var valuesCount = Enum.GetValues(typeof(Names)).Cast<Names>().Distinct().Count();

High and low values

Get the items with the highest and lowest values:

var maxValueItem = Enum.GetValues(typeof(Names)).Cast<Names>().Max();
var minValueItem = Enum.GetValues(typeof(Names)).Cast<Names>().Min();

Article created: Oct 12 '16. Edited Oct 31 '16.

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Created by Matt Hamilton [7] Oct 12 '16

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