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Single.TryParse Method (String, Single)

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Converts the string representation of a number to its single-precision floating-point number equivalent. A return code indicates whether the conversion succeeded or failed.

Namespace: System
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static bool TryParse (
	string s,
	out float result
)
public static boolean TryParse (
	String s, 
	/** @attribute OutAttribute() */ /** @ref */ float result
)
JScript does not support passing value-type arguments by reference.

Parameters

s

A string representing a number to convert.

result

When this method returns, contains single-precision floating-point number equivalent to the numeric value or symbol contained in s, if the conversion succeeded, or zero if the conversion failed. The conversion fails if the s parameter is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), is not a number in a valid format, or represents a number less than MinValue or greater than MaxValue. This parameter is passed uninitialized.

Return Value

true if s was converted successfully; otherwise, false.

The TryParse method is like the Parse method, except the TryParse method does not throw an exception if the conversion fails.

The s parameter can contain PositiveInfinitySymbol, NegativeInfinitySymbol, NaNSymbol, or a string of the form:

[ws][sign]integral-digits[.[fractional-digits]][e[sign]exponential-digits][ws]

Optional items are framed in square brackets ([ and ]). Items containing the term "digits" consist of a series of numeric characters ranging from 0 to 9.

ws

A series of white-space characters.

sign

A negative sign or positive sign symbol.

integral-digits

A series of digits specifying the integral part of the number. Runs of integral-digits can be partitioned by a group-separator symbol. (For example, in some cultures a comma (,) separates groups of thousands.) Integral-digits can be absent if there are fractional-digits.

'.'

A culture-specific decimal point symbol.

fractional-digits

A series of digits specifying the fractional part of the number.

'e'

An uppercase or lowercase character 'e', indicating exponential (scientific) notation.

exponential-digits

A series of digits specifying an exponent.

Some examples of s are "100", "-123,456,789", "123.45e+6", "+500", "5e2", "3.1416", "600.", "-.123", and "-Infinity".

This version of TryParse method uses the NumberStyles values, Float and AllowThousands, and the culture-specific NumberFormatInfo data associated with the current thread.

For more information about numeric formats, see the Formatting Overview topic.

If a separator is encountered in the s parameter during a parse operation, and the applicable currency or number decimal and group separators are the same, the parse operation assumes that the separator is a decimal separator rather than a group separator. For more information about separators, see CurrencyDecimalSeparator, NumberDecimalSeparator, CurrencyGroupSeparator, and NumberGroupSeparator.

This code example demonstrates overloads of the TryParse method for several base types, and the TryParseExact method.

// This example demonstrates overloads of the TryParse method for
// several base types, and the TryParseExact method for DateTime.

// In most cases, this example uses the most complex overload; that is, the overload 
// with the most parameters for a particular type. If a complex overload specifies 
// null (Nothing in Visual Basic) for the IFormatProvider parameter, formatting 
// information is obtained from the culture associated with the current thread. 
// If a complex overload specifies the style parameter, the parameter value is 
// the default value used by the equivalent simple overload.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    bool     result;
    CultureInfo ci;
    string   nl = Environment.NewLine;
    string   msg1 = 
             "This example demonstrates overloads of the TryParse method for{0}" +
             "several base types, as well as the TryParseExact method for DateTime.{0}";
    string   msg2 = "Non-numeric types:{0}";
    string   msg3 = "{0}Numeric types:{0}";
    string   msg4 = "{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant:{0}";

// Non-numeric types.
    Boolean  booleanVal;
    Char     charVal;
    DateTime datetimeVal;

// Numeric types.
    Byte     byteVal;
    Int16    int16Val;
    Int32    int32Val;
    Int64    int64Val;
    Decimal  decimalVal;
    Single   singleVal;
    Double   doubleVal;

// The following types are not CLS-compliant.
    SByte    sbyteVal;
    UInt16   uint16Val;
    UInt32   uint32Val;
    UInt64   uint64Val;
//
    Console.WriteLine(msg1, nl);

// Non-numeric types:
    Console.WriteLine(msg2, nl);
// DateTime
  // TryParse:
    // Assume current culture is en-US, and dates of the form: MMDDYYYY.
    result = DateTime.TryParse("7/4/2004 12:34:56", out datetimeVal);
    Show(result, "DateTime #1", datetimeVal.ToString());

    // Use fr-FR culture, and dates of the form: DDMMYYYY.
    ci = new CultureInfo("fr-FR");
    result = DateTime.TryParse("4/7/2004 12:34:56", 
             ci, DateTimeStyles.None, out datetimeVal);
    Show(result, "DateTime #2", datetimeVal.ToString());

  // TryParseExact:
    // Use fr-FR culture. The format, "G", is short date and long time.
    result = DateTime.TryParseExact("04/07/2004 12:34:56", "G", 
             ci, DateTimeStyles.None, out datetimeVal);
    Show(result, "DateTime #3", datetimeVal.ToString());

    // Assume en-US culture.
    string[] dateFormats = {"f", "F", "g", "G"};
    result = DateTime.TryParseExact("7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM", 
             dateFormats, null, DateTimeStyles.None, 
             out datetimeVal);
    Show(result, "DateTime #4", datetimeVal.ToString());

    Console.WriteLine();
// Boolean
    result = Boolean.TryParse("true", out booleanVal);
    Show(result, "Boolean", booleanVal.ToString());
// Char
    result = Char.TryParse("A", out charVal);
    Show(result, "Char", charVal.ToString());

// Numeric types:
    Console.WriteLine(msg3, nl);
// Byte
    result = Byte.TryParse("1", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out byteVal);
    Show(result, "Byte", byteVal.ToString());
// Int16
    result = Int16.TryParse("-2", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out int16Val);
    Show(result, "Int16", int16Val.ToString());
// Int32
    result = Int32.TryParse("3", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out int32Val);
    Show(result, "Int32", int32Val.ToString());
// Int64
    result = Int64.TryParse("4", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out int64Val);
    Show(result, "Int64", int64Val.ToString());
// Decimal
    result = Decimal.TryParse("-5.5", NumberStyles.Number, null, out decimalVal);
    Show(result, "Decimal", decimalVal.ToString());
// Single
    result = Single.TryParse("6.6", 
             (NumberStyles.Float | NumberStyles.AllowThousands), 
             null, out singleVal);
    Show(result, "Single", singleVal.ToString());
// Double
    result = Double.TryParse("-7", 
             (NumberStyles.Float | NumberStyles.AllowThousands), 
             null, out doubleVal);
    Show(result, "Double", doubleVal.ToString());

// Use the simple Double.TryParse overload, but specify an invalid value.

    result = Double.TryParse("abc", out doubleVal);
    Show(result, "Double #2", doubleVal.ToString());
//
    Console.WriteLine(msg4, nl);
// SByte
    result = SByte.TryParse("-8", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out sbyteVal);
    Show(result, "SByte", sbyteVal.ToString());
// UInt16
    result = UInt16.TryParse("9", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out uint16Val);
    Show(result, "UInt16", uint16Val.ToString());
// UInt32
    result = UInt32.TryParse("10", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out uint32Val);
    Show(result, "UInt32", uint32Val.ToString());
// UInt64
    result = UInt64.TryParse("11", NumberStyles.Integer, null, out uint64Val);
    Show(result, "UInt64", uint64Val.ToString());
    }

    protected static void Show(bool parseResult, string typeName, 
                               string parseValue)
    {
    string msgSuccess = "Parse for {0} = {1}";
    string msgFailure = "** Parse for {0} failed. Invalid input.";
//
    if (parseResult == true)
        Console.WriteLine(msgSuccess, typeName, parseValue);
    else
        Console.WriteLine(msgFailure, typeName);
   }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

This example demonstrates overloads of the TryParse method for
several base types, as well as the TryParseExact method for DateTime.

Non-numeric types:

Parse for DateTime #1 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM
Parse for DateTime #2 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM
Parse for DateTime #3 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM
Parse for DateTime #4 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM

Parse for Boolean = True
Parse for Char = A

Numeric types:

Parse for Byte = 1
Parse for Int16 = -2
Parse for Int32 = 3
Parse for Int64 = 4
Parse for Decimal = -5.5
Parse for Single = 6.6
Parse for Double = -7
** Parse for Double #2 failed. Invalid input.

The following types are not CLS-compliant:

Parse for SByte = -8
Parse for UInt16 = 9
Parse for UInt32 = 10
Parse for UInt64 = 11
*/

// This example demonstrates overloads of the TryParse method for
// several base types, and the TryParseExact method for DateTime.
// In most cases, this example uses the most complex overload; that is, 
// the overload with the most parameters for a particular type. If a 
// complex overload specifies null (Nothing in Visual Basic) for the 
// IFormatProvider parameter, formatting information is obtained from 
// the culture associated with the current thread. If a complex overload 
// specifies the style parameter, the parameter value is the default value 
// used by the equivalent simple overload.

import System.*;
import System.Globalization.*;

class Sample
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        boolean result;
        CultureInfo ci = null;
        String nl = Environment.get_NewLine();
        String msg1 = "This example demonstrates overloads of the TryParse " 
            + "method for{0}several base types, as well as the TryParseExact " 
            + "method for DateTime.{0}";
        String msg2 = "Non-numeric types:{0}";
        String msg3 = "{0}Numeric types:{0}";
        String msg4 = "{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant:{0}";
        // Non-numeric types.
        System.Boolean booleanVal = (System.Boolean)false;
        System.Char charVal = (System.Char)0;
        DateTime dateTimeVal = System.DateTime.get_Now();
        // Numeric types.
        Byte byteVal = null;
        Int16 int16Val = (Int16)0;
        Int32 int32Val = (Int32)0;
        Int64 int64Val = (Int64)0;
        Decimal decimalVal = new Decimal(0);
        Single singleVal = (Single)0;
        //Double doubleVal = new Double(0);
        double doubleVal = 0;
        // The following types are not CLS-compliant.
        SByte sByteVal = (System.SByte)0;
        UInt16 uInt16Val = (UInt16)0;
        UInt32 uInt32Val = (UInt32)0;
        UInt64 uInt64Val = (UInt64)0;
        //
        Console.WriteLine(msg1, nl);
        // Non-numeric types:
        Console.WriteLine(msg2, nl);
        // DateTime
        // TryParse:
        // Assume current culture is en-US, and dates of the form: MMDDYYYY.
        result = DateTime.TryParse("7/4/2004 12:34:56", dateTimeVal);
        Show(result, "DateTime #1", dateTimeVal.ToString());
        // Use fr-FR culture, and dates of the form: DDMMYYYY.
        ci = new CultureInfo("fr-FR");
        result = DateTime.TryParse("4/7/2004 12:34:56", ci,
            DateTimeStyles.None, dateTimeVal);
        Show(result, "DateTime #2", dateTimeVal.ToString());
        // TryParseExact:
        // Use fr-FR culture. The format, "G", is short date and long time.
        result = DateTime.TryParseExact("04/07/2004 12:34:56", "G", ci, 
            DateTimeStyles.None, dateTimeVal);
        Show(result, "DateTime #3", dateTimeVal.ToString());
        // Assume en-US culture.
        String dateFormats[] =  { "f", "F", "g", "G" };
        result = DateTime.TryParseExact("7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM", dateFormats, 
            null, DateTimeStyles.None, dateTimeVal);
        Show(result, "DateTime #4", dateTimeVal.ToString());

        Console.WriteLine();
        // Boolean
        boolean tempBooleanVal = System.Convert.ToBoolean(booleanVal);
        result = System.Boolean.TryParse("true",/**@out*/ tempBooleanVal);
        Show(result, "Boolean", System.Convert.ToString(tempBooleanVal));
        // Char
        char tempCharVal = System.Convert.ToChar(charVal);
        result = Char.TryParse("A", /**@out*/tempCharVal);
        Show(result, "Char", System.Convert.ToString(tempCharVal));
        // Numeric types:
        Console.WriteLine(msg3, nl);
        // Byte
        ubyte tempByteVal = System.Convert.ToByte(byteVal);
        result = System.Byte.TryParse("1", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/tempByteVal);
        Show(result, "Byte", System.Convert.ToString(tempByteVal));
        // Int16
        short tempInt16Val = System.Convert.ToInt16(int16Val);
        result = Int16.TryParse("-2", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/tempInt16Val);
        Show(result, "Int16", System.Convert.ToString(tempInt16Val));
        // Int32
        int tempInt32Val = System.Convert.ToInt32(int32Val);
        result = Int32.TryParse("3", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/tempInt32Val);
        Show(result, "Int32", System.Convert.ToString(tempInt32Val));
        // Int64
        long tempInt64Val = System.Convert.ToInt64(int64Val);
        result = Int64.TryParse("4", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/tempInt64Val);
        Show(result, "Int64", System.Convert.ToString(tempInt64Val));
        // Decimal
        result = Decimal.TryParse("-5.5", NumberStyles.Number, null,
            /**@out*/decimalVal);
        Show(result, "Decimal", decimalVal.ToString());
        // Single
        float tempSingleVal = System.Convert.ToSingle(singleVal);
        result = Single.TryParse("6.6", NumberStyles.Float 
            | NumberStyles.AllowThousands, null, /**@out*/tempSingleVal);
        Show(result, "Single", System.Convert.ToString(tempSingleVal));
        // Double
        result = System.Double.TryParse("-7", NumberStyles.Float 
            | NumberStyles.AllowThousands, null, /**@out*/doubleVal);
        Show(result, "Double", System.Convert.ToString(doubleVal));
        // Use the simple Double.TryParse overload, but specify an invalid value.
        result = System.Double.TryParse("abc", doubleVal);
        Show(result, "Double #2", System.Convert.ToString(doubleVal));
        //
        Console.WriteLine(msg4, nl);
        // SByte
        byte tempSByteVal = System.Convert.ToSByte(sByteVal);
        result = SByte.TryParse("-8", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/tempSByteVal);
        Show(result, "SByte", System.Convert.ToString(tempSByteVal));
        // UInt16
        result = UInt16.TryParse("9", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/uInt16Val);
        Show(result, "UInt16", uInt16Val.ToString());
        // UInt32
        result = UInt32.TryParse("10", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/uInt32Val);
        Show(result, "UInt32", uInt32Val.ToString());
        // UInt64
        result = UInt64.TryParse("11", NumberStyles.Integer, null,
            /**@out*/uInt64Val);
        Show(result, "UInt64", uInt64Val.ToString());
    } //main

    protected static void Show(boolean parseResult,
        String typeName, String parseValue)
    {
        String msgSuccess = "Parse for {0} = {1}";
        String msgFailure = "** Parse for {0} failed. Invalid input.";
        //
        if (parseResult == true) {
            Console.WriteLine(msgSuccess, typeName, parseValue);
        }
        else {
            Console.WriteLine(msgFailure, typeName);
        }
    } //Show
} //Sample 
 /*
This example produces the following results:

This example demonstrates overloads of the TryParse method for
several base types, as well as the TryParseExact method for DateTime.

Non-numeric types:

Parse for DateTime #1 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM
Parse for DateTime #2 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM
Parse for DateTime #3 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM
Parse for DateTime #4 = 7/4/2004 12:34:56 PM

Parse for Boolean = True
Parse for Char = A

Numeric types:

Parse for Byte = 1
Parse for Int16 = -2
Parse for Int32 = 3
Parse for Int64 = 4
Parse for Decimal = -5.5
Parse for Single = 6.6
Parse for Double = -7
** Parse for Double #2 failed. Invalid input.

The following types are not CLS-compliant:

Parse for SByte = -8
Parse for UInt16 = 9
Parse for UInt32 = 10
Parse for UInt64 = 11
*/

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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