Wednesday, March 5, 2008

[.NET] VB - C# Type Conversion Differences

There are some basic differences between VB.NET and C# when it comes to type conversion.

In both VB and C# widening conversions are implicit. Widening means that the destination type can represent all the possible values of the source type:

' VB sample
Dim myInteger As Integer = 1
Dim d As
myDouble = 1.007
myDouble = myInteger

'Helluva Implicit conversion allowed

// C# sample
int myInteger = 1;
double myDouble = 1.0001;
myDouble = myInteger;

//Implicit Conversion

For narrowing conversion - let's say assigning a double to an int, when the destination type cannot represent all possible values of the source type - things change: you need to explicitly cast in C# while in VB the conversion keeps being implicit (don't come asking for an example plz... ).
If you want VB to behave as C# in case of narrowing conversions you have two options: either write at the very top of the code Option Strict On to enable the option at page level, or set the same Options Strict from the project properties to enable it at project level.

This difference reflects VB's wannabe-user-friendly attitude that often ends up messing-up things for people who's learning; but since every .NET developer is called once in a while to do some quick and dirty job using VB (there's a whole lot of frightening VB code out there) we certainly gotta deal with it.

That's all - Kick ass.


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