Enum Limitation Fix Using a Generic Class and Implicit Casting

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For .net 2.0+ The one limitation to enumerations is revealed when you try to reverse lookup an enumeration value using Enum.Parse(). The parse function will return an inconsistent enum object if ever there are two or more enumerations with the same numeric value. This class fixes that problem. Written as a system extension and using implicit casting, the process has been made extremely easy and made the syntax for the parse function even simpler. The process even allows enumeration names starting with a number or the name of a C# keyword as long as the name is preceded by an underscore. The implicit cast from an Enum object to a Enum.Cast object has been deliberately left out to account for single directional assignment, which forces the class to be used properly. An Enum to Cast object lookup would defeat the whole purpose of the class if the implicit operator is used during runtime; for this purpose a user assignment operator of type String is supplied. This simply forces the user to use Cast = Enum.ToString() to parse to a correct object. The ToString() overload for a Cast object returns a Friendly name which replaces all underscores with spaces and even allows double underscores for commas and triple underscores for periods; for this reason, the implicit \"from string\" caster also converts from a friendly name to the proper Enum object. This makes it very handy for enumerating through a list of items for a combo or list box and converting back to the proper object by simply supplying the name of the list item.

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