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Parsing Strings to Boolean

, 15 Sep 2010 CPOL
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Handy extension method that parses common boolean expressions
public static class StringExtensions
    {
        private static readonly string[] ValidString = 
                       new[] {"true", "t", "1", "yes", "y"};
        public static bool TryConvertToBoolean(this string input)
        {
            try
            {
                if (input == null) return false;
                // Remove whitespace from string and lowercase
                input = input.Trim().ToLower();
                return ValidString.Contains(input);
            }
            catch
            {
                return false;
            }
        }

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GeneralOn the way to a coding horror Pinmemberbhiller20-Sep-10 20:56 
GeneralRe: On the way to a coding horror PinmemberEnrique Albert20-Sep-10 21:43 
I agree that is a valid point. I propose to define the strings in some sort of resource repository so location can be applied.
 
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