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A Generic enum Parser in C#

The ParseEnum method will not work where we use a version below .NET Framework 4.0 because of the TryParse method. So those who need to use it in below .NET Framework 4.0 or in .NET Framework 4.0, the following extension methods will be helpful:

public static TEnum ParseEnum<TEnum>(this string dataToMatch, bool ignorecase = default(bool))
  where TEnum : struct
  return dataToMatch.IsItemInEnum<TEnum>()() ? default(TEnum) : 
     (TEnum)Enum.Parse(typeof(TEnum), dataToMatch, ignorecase );
public static Func<bool> IsItemInEnum<TEnum>(this string dataToCheck)
   where TEnum : struct
   return () => { return string.IsNullOrEmpty(dataToCheck) || !Enum.IsDefined(typeof(TEnum), dataToCheck); };
object[] items = new object[] { "One".ParseEnum<EnumTwo>(), "Two".ParseEnum<EnumTwo>() };
Note that these extension methods are part of .NET Extensions Methods Library for C# and VB.NET[^] project in the CodePlex.
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