Interesting question from a dev I’ve know for a long time.
If I have a property that’s an enum, how do I tell that it’s not been set?
And this is a good question.
Because an enum is, at its core, an integer when you declare one and run its always initialized to the default value for an integer – 0.
And so if you use this fact you can actually detect that its been set or cleared.
Simply make you list of enumerated values NOT use 0 as a valid value.
Public Enum myEnum valueName1 = 1 valueName2 = 2 valueName3 = 3 End Enum
And now any time the value is 0 when your code starts to run you can tell any property that is declared to be a myEnum is or is not set by checking
Private Property someProperty as myEnum Sub Open() Handles Open If 0 = Integer(someProperty) Then break // someProperty has never been set or has been deliberately set to 0 End If End Sub
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To make that explicit , and analogous to SQL I would declare the enum as:
Public Enum myEnum
Null = 0
valueName1 = 1
valueName2 = 2
valueName3 = 3
Certainly a possibility to define the 0 value as something that should be interpreted as “unset”.
One reason I did not do this is that defining the 0 value makes it perfectly legal to set the value, quite simply, back to “unset” and the code wont look odd.
With the 0 value NOT used you have to cast 0 to the ENUM type to set it to “not set” which should stand out in your code.
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