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#using <System.dll>
using namespace System;
int main()
	//Two arrays: __wchar_t and String
	array<__wchar_t^>^ chararray3 = gcnew array<__wchar_t^>(5);
	array<String^>^ strarray = gcnew array<String^>(5);
	//values into arrays
	chararray3[0] = L'\u2550';
	chararray3[1] = L'\u2551';
	chararray3[2] = L'\u2552';
	chararray3[3] = L'\u2553';
	chararray3[4] = L'\u2554';
	// note: that compiler generates warning C4566 when generating next array "cannot be represented in current code page (1252)"
	strarray[0] = "\u2550";
	strarray[1] = "\u2551";
	strarray[2] = "\u2552";
	strarray[3] = "\u2553";
	strarray[4] = "\u2554";
	int cp;
	// __wchar_t array contents to console ...
	Console::WriteLine(" ");					// space
	// String array contents to console ... expected result with subbstitution character "?" due to code-page-error/other
	// Question is: why isn't THIS gonna happen ...  ????
		Console::WriteLine((__wchar_t) strarray[cp]); // error C2440 'type cast' : cannot connvert from 'System::String^' to 'wchar_t' !!!
	/* wth ... converting on the fly! 
		Why not! It's a string but it's also a literal unicode value identical to the ones 
		contained in the array of __wchar_t that expands to console value without complaint in the above!?
	return 0;
Posted 24-Jan-12 8:17am
Updated 24-Jan-12 9:31am
Emilio Garavaglia 24-Jan-12 15:32pm
retagged as C++/CLI
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Solution 1

To begin with you should change c++ into cp++


As for the casting, how about:

    Console::WriteLine((System::String ^)strarray[cp]); // error C2440 'type cast' : cannot connvert from 'System::String^' to 'wchar_t' !!!
RedDK 24-Jan-12 15:11pm
I know what "casting" means, in fact I use it in the title of this question ...

Should I have used "convert" alone?

This example runs, by the way...
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Solution 3

You cannot cast a string to a char. Just because you have a single character in your string does not make it into a character constant, it remains a string but with only one character in it.
RedDK 24-Jan-12 15:32pm
That seems to be what the compiler is telling me. But you can see that what I'm trying to do here is write to console a character represented by a unicode string found in a string array, right?
RedDK 24-Jan-12 16:16pm
Let me rephrase that attack on submitted knowledge:

Take this array, fregzample. Character array ... holding string literals.

array<char>^myChars = gcnew array<char>{L'z','a',L'\u0306',L'\u01FD',L'\u03B2',L'\xD8FF',L'\xDCFF'};

See my point?
Richard MacCutchan 25-Jan-12 3:54am
You are still mixing types incorrectly. A System::String^ is not the same as a character array, nor is it the same as a character so you cannot cast one to the other. You need to look at the function you are trying to use (Console::WriteLine()) and check what types you can pass it; see here for a sample.
RedDK 25-Jan-12 12:38pm
Quote from page linked:

"No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported."

Thanks ...
Richard MacCutchan 25-Jan-12 12:46pm
It works fine for me, maybe it's your regional setting. Try searching MSDN for references to Console::WriteLine() and see if it comes up with some useful information.
If you still do not understand the difference between all these types then I can only suggest you go back to your reference documentation and read up on it. Sorry but I don't have a link to managed C++, although I expect MSDN has lots.

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