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Quick And Dirty Option Lists using Enums

, 3 Jun 2014 CPOL
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Using Enum to provide a quick and easy option lists

You might have a form that sets some options, and you need a quick and easy way to get the value from the option selected or determine what was selected.
Well this is achievable using Enum(erators):
Take this example;

Private Enum ListOfChoices
End Enum

It is possible to quickly and easily dump this list into a dropdown list combo box, and then quickly pull the value the user selected.

Private Sub MainForm_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
    'Populate a combo box with the enum options
End Sub
Private Sub ComboBox1_SelectedValueChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles ComboBox1.SelectedValueChanged
    'Retrieve the Enum Text Name from the Index selected
    MsgBox("You Selected: " & [Enum].GetName(GetType(ListOfChoices), ComboBox1.SelectedIndex))
End Sub

You could have just read the combobox selected value, but the point was demonstrating get a Enum String from the Enum value.
Both the Enum and the Combobox have 0 based index values for the item lists, so it is easy to work them together. This is just as applicable to list boxes, etc.
Cheap and easy. Smile | :)

WARNING! As it says it is Quick and Dirty, it could just as easily cause you a lot of problems - Refer to this article for indepth discussion around enumerating enum's;


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmvpSergey Alexandrovich Kryukov3-Jun-14 6:30 
QuestionBe careful, everyone! It's not so simple in some cases [modified] PinmvpSergey Alexandrovich Kryukov3-Jun-14 6:09 
AnswerRe: Be careful, everyone! It works properly not in all cases. PinprotectorDaveAuld3-Jun-14 6:18 
GeneralRe: Be careful, everyone! It works properly not in all cases. PinmvpSergey Alexandrovich Kryukov3-Jun-14 6:29 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Useful tip! Simple yet very practica... PinmemberDrABELL22-Feb-11 17:37 

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