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Convert Enum to/from string

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I need to be able to do two things, convert a string value to the enum integer
an
convert an integer to the enum string value

e.g.


Public Enum MyEnum
  A = 1
  B = 2
  C = 3
  D = 4
  E = 5
  F = 6
End Enum
 
Dim columnInt as integer = ConvertToInteger("B") 'returns 2
Dim columnStr as string = ConvertToString(2+3) 'returns "E"

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by:TechTiger007
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You will have to write switch case statement inside the functions to return appropriate values
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I figured it out,

'To String
[Enum].Getname(GetType(MyEnum), 3)

'From String to Enum
[Enum].Parse(gettype(MyEnum), "C")
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by:HooKooDooKu
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Write the code for ConvertToInteger and ConvertToString with Select Case

However, the thing I usually like to do is define the functions to convert ENum to String and String to Enum and forget about the actual underlaying values.


Public Enum MyEnum
  MyEnum_Invalid = 0
  A = 1
  B = 2
  C = 3
  D = 4
  E = 5
  F = 6
End Enum
 
Public Function MyEnumToString( Value as MyEnum ) as String
    Select Case Value
        Case A: MyEnumToString = "A"
        Case B: MyEnumToString = "B"
        Case C: MyEnumToString = "C"
        Case D: MyEnumToString = "D"
        Case E: MyEnumToString = "E"
        Case F: MyEnumToString = "F"
        Case Else: MyEnumToString = ""
    End Select
End Function
 
Public Function StringToMyEnum( Value as String ) as MyEnum
    Select Case Value
        Case "A": StringToMyEnum = A
        Case "B": StringToMyEnum = B
        Case "C": StringToMyEnum = C
        Case "D": StringToMyEnum = D
        Case "E": StringToMyEnum = E
        Case "F": StringToMyEnum = F
        Case Else: StringToMyEnum = MyEnum_Invalid
    End Select
End Function
 
*** If you want to stick with Integers and Strings, then try this ***
 
Public Function ConvertToInteger( Value as string ) as Integer
    Select Case Left( Value,1 )
        Case "A": ConvertToInteger = 1
        Case "B": ConvertToInteger = 2
        Case "C": ConvertToInteger = 3
        Case "D": ConvertToInteger = 4
        Case "E": ConvertToInteger = 5
        Case "F": ConvertToInteger = 6
        Case Default: ConvertToInteger = 0
    End Select
End Function
 
Public Function ConvertToString( Value as Integer ) as String
    Select Case Value
        Case 1: ConvertToString = "A"
        Case 2: ConvertToString = "B"
        Case 3: ConvertToString = "C"
        Case 4: ConvertToString = "D"
        Case 5: ConvertToString = "D"
        Case 6: ConvertToString = "F"
        Case Default: ConvertToString = ""
    End Select
End Function

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Thats good one. I did not know that before. Thank you raterus
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