Decimal Implicit Conversion (Char to Decimal)


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

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

public static implicit operator decimal (
	char 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++.

using System;

class Example
    public static void Main()
        // Define an array of Char values.
        Char[] values = { '\0', ' ', '*', 'A', 'a', '{', 'Æ' };

        // Convert each Char value to a Decimal.
        foreach (var value in values) {
           decimal decValue = value;
           Console.WriteLine("'{0}' ({1}) --> {2} ({3})", value,
                             value.GetType().Name, decValue,
// 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
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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