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GenericEnumConverter Class

Converts between a string and an enumeration type.

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

public sealed class GenericEnumConverter : ConfigurationConverterBase

This type, like all the other configuration converter types, converts strings found in the configuration file to and from the related strongly typed properties.

In particular, the GenericEnumConverter object converts a String value, assigned to a configuration property, to an Enum value and vice versa.

The following code example shows how to access a custom section property that uses the GenericEnumConverter type.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Configuration;

namespace Samples.AspNet
{

    public sealed class UsingGenericEnumConverter
    {
        public static void GetPermission()
        {
            try
            {
                CustomSection section =
                    ConfigurationManager.GetSection("CustomSection")
                    as CustomSection;

                Console.WriteLine("Default Permission: {0}", 
                    section.Permission.ToString());
            }
            catch (System.Exception e)
            {
                Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
            }
        }

        public static void SetPermission()
        {
            try
            {
                System.Configuration.Configuration config =
                  ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(
                  ConfigurationUserLevel.None);

                CustomSection section =
                    config.Sections.Get("CustomSection")
                    as CustomSection;

                section.Permission = 
                    CustomSection.Permissions.FullControl;

                section.SectionInformation.ForceSave = true;
                config.Save(ConfigurationSaveMode.Full); 
                config.Save();

                Console.WriteLine("Current Protection: {0}",
                    section.Permission.ToString());
            }
            catch (System.Exception e)
            {
                Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
            }
        }
    }
}

The following code example shows how to define a custom enumerator property accessed in the previous example. Notice that there is no need to specify the GenericEnumConverter type; it is implicitly invoked by the system.

public enum Permissions
{
    FullControl         = 0,
    Modify              = 1,
    ReadExecute         = 2,
    Read                = 3,
    Write               = 4,
    SpecialPermissions  = 5
}

[ConfigurationProperty("permission", DefaultValue = Permissions.Read)]
public Permissions Permission
{
    get
    {
        return (Permissions)this["permission"];
    }

    set
    {
        this["permission"] = value;
    }

}

The following example is a configuration excerpt used by the previous example.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration>

  <configSections>
    <section name="CustomSection" 
      type="Samples.AspNet.CustomSection, 
      ConfigurationConverters, 
      Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, 
      PublicKeyToken=null" 
      allowDefinition="Everywhere" 
      allowExeDefinition="MachineToApplication" 
      restartOnExternalChanges="true" />
  </configSections>
    
  <CustomSection fileName="default.txt" maxIdleTime="90" timeDelay="infinite" cdStr="str0, str1" permission="Read" maxUsers="Infinite"/>

</configuration>

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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