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I love the new TryParse methods in the .NET Framework 2.0.  It’s too bad that not all types have a TryParse method.  There was a piece of feedback posted on MSDN about implementing one for Guid values.  Here’s one I threw together for Guid values.  Feedback always appreciated:

/// <summary>
/// Converts the string representation of a Guid to its Guid
/// equivalent. A return value indicates whether the operation
/// succeeded.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="s">A string containing a Guid to convert.</param>
/// <param name="result">
/// When this method returns, contains the Guid value equivalent to
/// the Guid contained in <paramref name="s"/>, if the conversion
/// succeeded, or <see cref="Guid.Empty"/> if the conversion failed.
/// The conversion fails if the <paramref name="s"/> parameter is a
/// <see langword="null" /> reference (<see langword="Nothing" /> in
/// Visual Basic), or is not of the correct format.
/// </param>
/// <value>
/// <see langword="true" /> if <paramref name="s"/> was converted
/// successfully; otherwise, <see langword="false" />.
/// </value>
/// <exception cref="ArgumentNullException">
///        Thrown if <pararef name="s"/> is <see langword="null"/>.
/// </exception>
public static bool GuidTryParse(string s, out Guid result) {
  if (s == null)
    throw new ArgumentNullException("s");
  Regex format = new Regex(
      "^[A-Fa-f0-9]{32}$|" +
      "^({|\\()?[A-Fa-f0-9]{8}-([A-Fa-f0-9]{4}-){3}[A-Fa-f0-9]{12}(}|\\))?$|" +
      "^({)?[0xA-Fa-f0-9]{3,10}(, {0,1}[0xA-Fa-f0-9]{3,6}){2}, {0,1}({)([0xA-Fa-f0-9]{3,4}, {0,1}){7}[0xA-Fa-f0-9]{3,4}(}})$");
  Match match = format.Match(s);
  if (match.Success) {
    result = new Guid(s);
    return true;
  } else {
    result = Guid.Empty;
    return false;

posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:40 PM

This article is part of the GWB Archives. Original Author: colin bowern

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