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Convert.ToSByte Method (Object, IFormatProvider)

Converts the value of the specified object to an 8-bit signed integer, using the specified culture-specific formatting information.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

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

[CLSCompliantAttribute(false)]
public static sbyte ToSByte(
	Object value,
	IFormatProvider provider
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Object

An object that implements the IConvertible interface.

provider
Type: System.IFormatProvider

An object that supplies culture-specific formatting information.

Return Value

Type: System.SByte
An 8-bit signed integer that is equivalent to value, or zero if value is null.

ExceptionCondition
FormatException

value is not in an appropriate format.

InvalidCastException

value does not implement the IConvertible interface.

-or-

The conversion is not supported.

OverflowException

value represents a number that is less than SByte.MinValue or greater than SByte.MaxValue.

provider enables the user to specify culture-specific conversion information about the contents of value. For example, if value is a String that represents a number, provider could supply culture-specific information about the notation used to represent that number.

The base types ignore provider; however, the parameter may be used if value is a user-defined type that implements the IConvertible interface.

The following example defines a ByteString class that stores both signed and unsigned bytes as hexadecimal strings along with a field that indicates the sign of the byte. The ByteString class implements the IConvertible interface. Its IConvertible.ToSByte method calls the Parse(String, IFormatProvider) method to perform the conversion. If it fails, it throws an OverflowException.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public enum SignBit { Negative=-1, Zero=0, Positive=1 };

public struct ByteString : IConvertible
{
   private SignBit signBit;
   private string byteString;

   public SignBit Sign
   { 
      set { signBit = value; }
      get { return signBit; }
   }

   public string Value
   { 
      set {
         if (value.Trim().Length > 2)
            throw new ArgumentException("The string representation of a byte cannot have more than two characters.");
         else
            byteString = value;
      }
      get { return byteString; }
   }

   // IConvertible implementations. 
   public TypeCode GetTypeCode() {
      return TypeCode.Object;
   }

   public bool ToBoolean(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Zero)
         return false;
      else 
         return true;
   } 

   public byte ToByte(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         throw new OverflowException(String.Format("{0} is out of range of the Byte type.", Convert.ToSByte(byteString, 16)));
      else 
         return Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber);
   }

   public char ToChar(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative) { 
         throw new OverflowException(String.Format("{0} is out of range of the Char type.", Convert.ToSByte(byteString, 16)));
      }
      else {
         byte byteValue = Byte.Parse(this.byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber);
         return Convert.ToChar(byteValue);
      }                
   } 

   public DateTime ToDateTime(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      throw new InvalidCastException("ByteString to DateTime conversion is not supported.");
   }

   public decimal ToDecimal(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative) 
      {
         sbyte byteValue = SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber);
         return Convert.ToDecimal(byteValue);
      }
      else 
      {
         byte byteValue = Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber);
         return Convert.ToDecimal(byteValue);
      }
   }

   public double ToDouble(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         return Convert.ToDouble(SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
      else 
         return Convert.ToDouble(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }   

   public short ToInt16(IFormatProvider provider) 
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         return Convert.ToInt16(SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
      else 
         return Convert.ToInt16(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }

   public int ToInt32(IFormatProvider provider) 
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         return Convert.ToInt32(SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
      else 
         return Convert.ToInt32(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }

   public long ToInt64(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         return Convert.ToInt64(SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
      else 
         return Convert.ToInt64(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }

   public sbyte ToSByte(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      try {
         return SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber);
      }   
      catch (OverflowException e) {
         throw new OverflowException(String.Format("{0} is outside the range of the SByte type.", 
                                                   Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber)), e);
      } 
   }

   public float ToSingle(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         return Convert.ToSingle(SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
      else 
         return Convert.ToSingle(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }

   public string ToString(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      return "0x" + this.byteString;
   }

   public object ToType(Type conversionType, IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      switch (Type.GetTypeCode(conversionType))
      {
         case TypeCode.Boolean: 
            return this.ToBoolean(null);
         case TypeCode.Byte:
            return this.ToByte(null);
         case TypeCode.Char:
            return this.ToChar(null);
         case TypeCode.DateTime:
            return this.ToDateTime(null);
         case TypeCode.Decimal:
            return this.ToDecimal(null);
         case TypeCode.Double:
            return this.ToDouble(null);
         case TypeCode.Int16:
            return this.ToInt16(null);
         case TypeCode.Int32:
            return this.ToInt32(null);
         case TypeCode.Int64:
            return this.ToInt64(null);
         case TypeCode.Object:
            if (typeof(ByteString).Equals(conversionType))
               return this;
            else 
               throw new InvalidCastException(String.Format("Conversion to a {0} is not supported.", conversionType.Name));
         case TypeCode.SByte:
            return this.ToSByte(null);
         case TypeCode.Single:
            return this.ToSingle(null);
         case TypeCode.String:
            return this.ToString(null);
         case TypeCode.UInt16:
            return this.ToUInt16(null);
         case TypeCode.UInt32:
            return this.ToUInt32(null);
         case TypeCode.UInt64:
            return this.ToUInt64(null);   
         default:
            throw new InvalidCastException(String.Format("Conversion to {0} is not supported.", conversionType.Name));   
      }
   }

   public UInt16 ToUInt16(IFormatProvider provider) 
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         throw new OverflowException(String.Format("{0} is outside the range of the UInt16 type.", 
                                                   SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber)));
      else 
         return Convert.ToUInt16(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }

   public UInt32 ToUInt32(IFormatProvider provider)
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         throw new OverflowException(String.Format("{0} is outside the range of the UInt32 type.", 
                                                   SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber)));
      else 
         return Convert.ToUInt32(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }

   public UInt64 ToUInt64(IFormatProvider provider) 
   {
      if (signBit == SignBit.Negative)
         throw new OverflowException(String.Format("{0} is outside the range of the UInt64 type.", 
                                                   SByte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber)));
      else 
         return Convert.ToUInt64(Byte.Parse(byteString, NumberStyles.HexNumber));
   }
}

The following example shows how the IConvertible.ToSByte implementation of the ByteString class is called by the Convert.ToSByte(Object, IFormatProvider) method.

public class Class1
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      sbyte positiveByte = 120;
      sbyte negativeByte = -101;


      ByteString positiveString = new ByteString();
      positiveString.Sign = (SignBit) Math.Sign(positiveByte);
      positiveString.Value = positiveByte.ToString("X2");

      ByteString negativeString = new ByteString();
      negativeString.Sign = (SignBit) Math.Sign(negativeByte);
      negativeString.Value = negativeByte.ToString("X2");

      try {
         Console.WriteLine("'{0}' converts to {1}.", positiveString.Value, Convert.ToSByte(positiveString));
      }
      catch (OverflowException) {
         Console.WriteLine("0x{0} is outside the range of the Byte type.", positiveString.Value);
      }

      try {
         Console.WriteLine("'{0}' converts to {1}.", negativeString.Value, Convert.ToSByte(negativeString));
      }
      catch (OverflowException) {
         Console.WriteLine("0x{0} is outside the range of the Byte type.", negativeString.Value);
      }   
   }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//       '78' converts to 120. 
//       '9B' converts to -101.

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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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