Many people including Grant Frisken in this article have shown of ways to localise and make an
enum readable. These are great articles. However there are many times when you are in a hurry and have not got the time to "readabalize" the text but still want to display the
enum values in the code. Another point is that many
enums that we use are not owned by us, and therefore we cannot use his methods.
I recently made a whole framework for my company and I used
enums as the keys for all lookups, etc. I also used
enums for error codes like
NoReply... The advantage of
enums is that you can be sure that the text only occurs once and at the same time you only need to enter the text once.
(You could do it like this)...
const string NoReply = "No Reply"
... but that means entering the same text twice.
Also if you change your mind and decide that "Long Wait For Reply" would be better, you risk having the customer see something different than you...
Using the Code
To use convert the
enum values to text, use the following:
string redAndBlue = EnumConverter.AutoSpace(Example.RedAndBlue);
Example example = (Example)
You can convert the whole
enum like this:
string example = EnumConverter.AutoSpace(typeof(Example));
That's it. I know it's not a huge step for mankind, but it can help to make a big difference quickly. Especially if you are under time pressure...
The disadvantage with this solution is that you cannot have words starting with small letters. However, you still can use the ideas of Grant Frisken to make things better once it is working.
This example also works for
strings so you can even make class names readable...
The main part of this code is here: The text is split by searching for capital letters or numbers...
static public string AutoSpace(string sInput)
StringBuilder sOut = new StringBuilder();
for (int i = 0; i < sInput.Length; i++)
char c = sInput[i];
if (c >= 'A' && c <= 'Z')
if (i > 0 && (sInput[i - 1] >= 'A'
&& sInput[i - 1] <= 'Z'))
else if (i == 0)
sOut.Append(" " + c);
else if (c == '_')
else if (c >= '0' && c <= '9')
if (i > 0 && (sInput[i - 1] >= 'a'
&& sInput[i - 1] <= 'z'))
sOut.Append(" " + c);
A possible modification could include a list of small words (like if, or, etc.) that would always be written in small letters.
Please let me know if this was useful.