A parsing operation converts a string that represents a .NET Framework base type into that base type. For example, a parsing operation is used to convert a string to a floating-point number or to a date and time value. The method most commonly used to perform a parsing operation is the Parse method. Because parsing is the reverse operation of formatting (which involves converting a base type into its string representation), many of the same rules and conventions apply. Just as formatting uses an object that implements the IFormatProvider interface to provide culture-sensitive formatting information, parsing also uses an object that implements the IFormatProvider interface to determine how to interpret a string representation. For more information, see Formatting Types.
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Parsing Numeric Strings
Describes how to convert strings into .NET Framework numeric types.
Parsing Date and Time Strings
Describes how to convert strings into .NET Framework DateTime types.
Parsing Other Strings
Describes how to convert strings into Char, Boolean, and Enum types.