convert integer to string in C#

I'm using Visual Studio 2013 and working on a ASP.NET MVC application using C#.
My data source is a xml file inside my project.

model

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;

namespace NorthwindApp.Models
{

    public class Employee
    {
        // data store fields
        public const string ROOT = "Employees";
        public const string EMPLOYEE = "Employee";
        public const string EMPLOYEEID= "EmployeeID";
        public const string LASTNAME = "LastName";
        public const string FIRSTNAME = "FirstName";
        public const string TITLE = "Title";
        
        public Int32 EmployeeID { get; set; }
        public string LastName { get; set; }
        public string FirstName { get; set; }
        public string Title { get; set; }


    }

}

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Then in my repository I have the following functions:

        public EmployeesRepository()
        {            
            this.filePath = HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath("~/App_Data/employees.xml");
        }

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        public IEnumerable<Employee> GetAll()
        {
            if (!File.Exists(filePath))
            {
                return new List<Employee>();
            }

            var existingEmployees = XElement.Load(filePath);
            var employees = from employeeElement in existingEmployees.Elements(Employee.EMPLOYEE)
                       select new Employee()
                       {
                           EmployeeID = (Int32)employeeElement.Element(Employee.EMPLOYEEID),
                           LastName = (string)employeeElement.Element(Employee.LASTNAME),
                           FirstName = (string)employeeElement.Element(Employee.FIRSTNAME),
                           Title = (string)employeeElement.Element(Employee.TITLE)
                       };
            return employees;
        }

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EmployeeID is Integer datatype.

What is the syntax to convert the EmployeeID column to a string in my GetAll function ?
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maqskywalkerAsked:
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Radha MCommented:
Use Convert.ToString() method.
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SammyCommented:
Your Employee class defines the EmployeeID as an int32. If you want to use a string, you need to change the property to a string property
public string EmployeeID { get; set; }

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then in your GetAll Method
   EmployeeID = (string)employeeElement.Element(Employee.EMPLOYEEID),

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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi maqskywalker;

If you must maintain the EmployeeID as an int you could override the ToString function of the class to return the string version of EmployeeID something like the following.

public class Employee
{
    // data store fields
    public const string ROOT = "Employees";
    public const string EMPLOYEE = "Employee";
    public const string EMPLOYEEID= "EmployeeID";
    public const string LASTNAME = "LastName";
    public const string FIRSTNAME = "FirstName";
    public const string TITLE = "Title";
    
    public Int32 EmployeeID { get; set; }
    public string LastName { get; set; }
    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string Title { get; set; }

    public override String ToString()
    {
        return EmployeeID.ToString();
    }
}

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Then by using the ClassInstanceName.ToString() will return the EmployeeID
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