Decimal Widening Conversion (Char to Decimal)

 

Defines an implicit conversion of a Unicode character to a Decimal.

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

Public Shared Widening Operator CType (
	value As Char
) As Decimal

Parameters

value
Type: System.Char

The Unicode character to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Decimal

The converted Unicode character.

The overloads of the Implicit method define the types from which the compiler can automatically convert a Decimal value without an explicit casting operator (in C#) or a call to a conversion function (in Visual Basic). They are widening conversions that do not involve data loss and do not throw an OverflowException exception.

The following example converts Char values (Unicode characters) to Decimal numbers. This conversion requires the op_Implicit operator in Visual Basic, but not in C# and C++.

Module Example
    Public Sub Main()
        ' Define an array of Char values.
        Dim values() As Char = { ChrW(0), " "c, "*"c, "A"c, "a"c, 
                                 "{"c, "Æ"c }

        ' Convert each Char value to a Decimal.
        For Each value In values
           Dim decValue As Decimal = Decimal.op_Implicit(value)
           Console.WriteLine("'{0}' ({1}) --> {2} ({3})", value,
                             value.GetType().Name, decValue,
                             decValue.GetType().Name)      
        Next
    End Sub 
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       ' ' (Char) --> 0 (Decimal)
'       ' ' (Char) --> 32 (Decimal)
'       '*' (Char) --> 42 (Decimal)
'       'A' (Char) --> 65 (Decimal)
'       'a' (Char) --> 97 (Decimal)
'       '{' (Char) --> 123 (Decimal)
'       'Æ' (Char) --> 198 (Decimal)

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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