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Using C#, how would you set up an array with pairs of values, 1 of type char and the other of type int?

I am writing a C# application with .Net Framework 4.0 and I intend to create a lookup array in which I will store the values by
hardcoding them in my application.
The concept is to have a
character and its corresponding related integer value.

For example, the first 3 sets of values are as follows:

char                 related decimal value
------                 ---------------------------------
<                      76
(                       77
&                      80


The reason I need this array is ultimately I will be reading in a txt file that is made up of
various record types (for ex: 01, 10, 20 etc) . The record types in the txt file will include a record size field with a value of one of the char values in my lookup array that will tell me the record length for each distinct record type.

Thus, if the field "01" Record Type has a record size field value of '&', then by looking up this value in the array, I can retrieve the value of '80' as the record size for this particular record type.  

How would you set this up in C# using an array and the 3 sample rows I showed above?
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
For this kind of lookup you don't use an array, but an Dictionary<char, int>.

Question: why are you lookup values different from the ASCII values?
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zimmer9Author Commented:
I'm using a mainframe download file.

http://www.simotime.com/asc2ebc1.htm
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
Depending on the file, you can use the built-in Encoding. EBDIC is recognized. So parse your file and translate the string data.
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zimmer9Author Commented:
Depending on the file, you can use the built-in Encoding. EBDIC is recognized. So parse your file and translate the string data.
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Do you mean like this because I don't get the result I'm looking for:

byte[] ebcdicData;
System.Text.UTF8Encoding enc = new System.Text.UTF8Encoding();  
ebcdicData = enc.GetBytes(filePath);
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zimmer9Author Commented:
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zimmer9Author Commented:
I have attached a txt file that has an ampersand (&) in position 4. I am trying to convert this '&' into the decimal equivalent of 80. But I can't get it to work via Encoding. Therefore, I am trying to create my own array of values.
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Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
You should use Hash Table for this kind of requirement.  Try...

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections;

namespace ConsoleApplication1
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            Hashtable hashtable = new Hashtable();
            hashtable["<"] = 76;
            hashtable["("] = 77;
            hashtable["&"] = 80;

            foreach (DictionaryEntry entry in hashtable)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("{0}, {1}", entry.Key, entry.Value);
            }

            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    }
}

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