C# – Enum generic type constraint

In C# 7.3, Microsoft added the ability to specify an Enum as a generic constraint, like this: Whenever you have a generic method, it’s a good idea to use generic type constraints. Without constraints, you would have to implement type checking in the generic method and throw exceptions if an invalid type was used. With … Read more

C# – Convert a list of strings into a set of enums

Let’s say you have a list of HTTP status codes that you read in when the service starts up (perhaps from appsettings.json or from the database). Whenever you send an HTTP request, you want to check if the returned status code is in this list of status code. To make things more efficient, you want … Read more

WinForms – How to programmatically check items in CheckedListBox

A CheckedListBox allows the user to check one or more checkboxes. Sometimes you’ll want to be able to check the boxes programmatically. For example, you may want to allow the user to check or uncheck all boxes at once. Or perhaps you want to persist the values the user checked and load them later. To … Read more

C# – How to use enum flags to pass multiple options as a single parameter

When you need to pass multiple options into a method, normally you would add a bool flag for each parameter, like: Not only is using bool flags a bit of a code smell, but when this list of parameters gets too big, you’ll probably want to refactor by moving the bool flags into an options … Read more

JsonException: The JSON value could not be converted to Enum

When you’re using System.Text.Json to deserialize JSON that contains the string representation of an enum, you get the following exception: System.Text.Json.JsonException: The JSON value could not be converted to <Enum Type> The following JSON would cause this exception. Conference is an enum, and this is using the string representation “NFC” instead of the numeric value … Read more

ReportViewer RDLC – How to show an enum’s string representation

Problem I’m building a report using ReportViewer. I’m setting the Data Source to a collection of model objects. One of the fields on the model is an enum. When the report renders, it is showing the enum’s numeric value. I want it to show the string representation of the enum instead. Solution In the field … Read more