What is best int.Parse vs Convert.ToInt32 in C#

Posted By  jalpesh On 27 Nov 2010 00:11:23
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Introduction

I know this tips sound basic to most of people but still lots of people does not know this.Both int.Parse and Convert.ToInt32 are used to convert string into the integer but Only difference between them is to Convert.ToInt32 handle null and returns "0" as output and int.parse is not going to handle NULL and will give a Argument Null Exception.

Here is the example for that both are almost same except handling null.

Code

string convertToInt = "12";
           string nullString = null;
           string maxValue = "32222222222222222222222222222222222";
           string formatException = "12.32";

           int parseResult;

           // It will perfectly convert interger
           parseResult= int.Parse(convertToInt);

           // It will raise Argument Null Exception
           parseResult= int.Parse(nullString);

           //It willl raise Over Flow Exception
           parseResult= int.Parse(maxValue);

           //It will raise Format Exception
           parseResult= int.Parse(formatException);

           //For Convert.ToInt32
        
           //It will perfectly convert integer
           parseResult= Convert.ToInt32(convertToInt);

           //It will ouput as 0 if Null string is there
           parseResult= Convert.ToInt32(nullString);

           //It will raise Over Flow Exception
           parseResult= Convert.ToInt32(maxValue);

           //It will raise Format Exception
           parseResult= Convert.ToInt32(formatException);

Hope this will help you understand the better but still there is third option available called int.TryParse which can handle all kind of exception and return result as Output Parameter.

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