EnumHelper class

Some time ago I wrote blog posting Extension method for enumerators where I showed how to use extension methods to make using of enumerators more convenient. Today I found very interesting posting from Grant Barrington blog where he describes the class called EnumHelper.

As enumerator values are often used on web forms as dropdown lists then we need a way to show nice options to users. Something like BrightPink or MyHomeAddress may confuse them. Grant offers us a nice solution – we can use description attributes to bind user readable values to enumerator members.

Take a look at the following code sample I took from Grant’s blog. It is the best illustration about his work.

using System.ComponentModel;

namespace
Ellington.EnumHelperExamples
{
   
public enum UserColours
    {
        [
Description("Burnt Orange"
)]
        BurntOrange = 1,

        [
Description("Bright Pink"
)]
        BrightPink = 2,

        [
Description("Dark Green"
)]
        DarkGreen = 3,

        [
Description("Sky Blue")]
        SkyBlue = 4
    }
}

It seems cool to me. Thanks Grant!

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Gunnar Peipman

Gunnar Peipman is ASP.NET, Azure and SharePoint fan, Estonian Microsoft user group leader, blogger, conference speaker, teacher, and tech maniac. Since 2008 he is Microsoft MVP specialized on ASP.NET.

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