I found this little snippet on a blog by Mark Wagner's blog,
and already this baby has saved me quite a bit of work, so I thought I'd post it also, btw. Marks blog can be found here
Convert a string to an enumerated (enum) value.
Using the Enum.Parse method, you can easily convert a string value to an enumerated value. Doing this requires the type of the enum and string value. Adding the true argument will cause the case to be ignored.
Using the following enum for this example:
private enum Aircraft
You can easily convert the string to an enum value like this:
Aircraft air = (Aircraft) Enum.Parse(typeof(Aircraft), "Cessna", true);
Ideally you should wrap a try-catch around the Enum.Parse statement.