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Hello all and happy new year.

I've seen several posts floating around asking about string enumerators in C#, and generally speaking, they're not supported.

I've come up with a way around it that lets you create a class which behaves exactly like the regular enumerators (it offers all the functionality a regular enumerator has), and you can store any type of string in it.

The full article can be found here:
http://cookingwithcsha rp.blogspot.com/2007/12/999-c-string-enumerator.html

I hope you find this handy.
All the best!
Jan 1 '08 #1
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A nice idea, but your abstract class doesn't really offer any functionality.

The meat is all still done manually in your concrete class:
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  1. private static List mPossibleEnumValues = new List()    
  2. {        "Toyota",        "Honda",        "Ford",        "Chrysler",        "Volvo",        "General Motors"    };    
  4. static public ECarManufacturers Toyota    
  5. {        
  6. get 
  7. return new ECarManufacturers(mPossibleEnumValues[0]); 
  8. }    
  9. }    
  10. static public ECarManufacturers Honda    
  11. {        
  12. get 
  13. return new ECarManufacturers(mPossibleEnumValues[1]); 
  14. }    
  15. }
  16. static public ECarManufacturers Ford    
  17. {        
  18. get 
  19. return new ECarManufacturers(mPossibleEnumValues[2]); 
  20. }    
  21. }
Seems to me your doing all the work right there manually. Not to mention that using .Ford will only return to you a string that says "Ford".
Seems you could bypass all of that and either use JUST the List object, or use a Dictionary or some other collection.

I'm trying to think of a time where having a string as the value would be usefull?
If you have an enum, you can just it's .ToString() to get it's name.

So if you have:
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  1. public enum SMTPAuthTypes
  2.     {
  4.         NONE = 0,
  6.         PLAIN = 1,
  8.         LOGIN = 2,
  10.         CRAM_MD5 = 3,//maybe dis-allow this one?
  11.     }//end of enum
Then you can do this:
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  1. string mystring=SMTPAuthTypes.LOGIN.ToString();
  2. //now mystring="LOGIN"

You might also find this thread where I asked about ENUMs useful:
Jan 2 '08 #2

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