#1,058 – Custom Implicit Conversions in Both Directions

When you define a custom implicit (or explicit) conversion, you can define a conversion both to and from a particular type.

In the example below, we define custom implicit conversions that allow implicitly converting from an int to a Dog, as well as converting from a Dog to an int.

    public class Dog
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public int Age { get; set; }

        public Dog(string name, int age)
            Name = name;
            Age = age;

        // Implicitly convert from int to Dog
        public static implicit operator Dog(int value)
            return new Dog(string.Format("Dog-" + value.ToString()), value);

        // And implicitly convert from Dog to int
        public static implicit operator int(Dog d)
            return d.Age;

With these conversions, we can now do the following:

            // int to Dog
            int i1 = 12;
            Dog dog1 = i1;

            // Dog to int
            Dog dog2 = new Dog("Bowser", 5);
            int i2 = dog2;



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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

One Response to #1,058 – Custom Implicit Conversions in Both Directions

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