How to get all Description Attributes of an Enum using C# or VB.NET

To get all Description Attributes of an Enum using C# or VB.NET you can use the snippet below.

Sample C# – Class

public class DescriptionAttributes<T>
    {
        protected List<DescriptionAttribute> Attributes = new List<DescriptionAttribute>();
        public List<string> Descriptions { get; set; }

        public DescriptionAttributes()
        {
            RetrieveAttributes();
            Descriptions = Attributes.Select(x => x.Description).ToList();
        }

        private void RetrieveAttributes()
        {
            foreach (var attribute in typeof(T).GetMembers().SelectMany(member => member.GetCustomAttributes(typeof(DescriptionAttribute), true).Cast<DescriptionAttribute>()))
            {
                Attributes.Add(attribute);
            }
        }
    }

Usage C#

class Program
    {
        public enum TestEnum
        {
            [Description("An apple a day keeps the doctor away")]
            Apple=0,
            [Description("Yummie Strawberry")]
            Strawberry=1,
            [Description("Banana for scale")]
            Banana=2
        }

        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            var descriptions = new DescriptionAttributes<TestEnum>().Descriptions.ToList();
            foreach (var description in descriptions)
            {
                Console.WriteLine(description);
            }
            Console.Read();
        }
    }

Sample VB.NET – Class

Public Class DescriptionAttributes(Of T)
	Protected Attributes As New List(Of DescriptionAttribute)()
	Public Property Descriptions() As List(Of String)
		Get
			Return m_Descriptions
		End Get
		Set
			m_Descriptions = Value
		End Set
	End Property
	Private m_Descriptions As List(Of String)

	Public Sub New()
		RetrieveAttributes()
		Descriptions = Attributes.[Select](Function(x) x.Description).ToList()
	End Sub

	Private Sub RetrieveAttributes()
		For Each attribute As var In GetType(T).GetMembers().SelectMany(Function(member) member.GetCustomAttributes(GetType(DescriptionAttribute), True).Cast(Of DescriptionAttribute)())
			Attributes.Add(attribute)
		Next
	End Sub
End Class

Usage VB.NET

Class Program
	Public Enum TestEnum
		<Description("An apple a day keeps the doctor away")> _
		Apple = 0
		<Description("Yummie Strawberry")> _
		Strawberry = 1
		<Description("Banana for scale")> _
		Banana = 2
	End Enum

	Private Shared Sub Main(args As String())
		Dim descriptions = New DescriptionAttributes(Of TestEnum)().Descriptions.ToList()
		For Each description As var In descriptions
			Console.WriteLine(description)
		Next
		Console.Read()
	End Sub
End Class

Result / Output

Enum Descriptions

Enum Descriptions

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How to use the HTML5 datalist tag

HTML5 Datalist Element

Description

HTML5 introduced the new <datalist> tag, which specifies a list of predefined <input> element options. It is used to provide the autocomplete feature on <input> elements. Users will see a drop-down list of pre-defined options as they input data. This element has no other attributes than the global attributes, common to all elements. The id of the datalist element must match with the list attribute of the input box.Keep in mind that Safari doesn’t support datalist yet. If you are using this element with an unsupported (older) browser version, the most browsers will simply ignores the datalist tag and render rest of the webpage. Internet Explorer 9 and below is a little bit special, it will simply print the option values to the page (a possible workaround can be found at http://viralpatel.net/).

Usage

Here you can see a Basic example on how to use the datalist tag in HTML5.

Live Sample

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