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C# in a Nutshell by Peter Drayton, Ted Neward, Ben Albahari

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Name

BitConverter

Synopsis

This class provides static methods that can be used to convert portions of a byte array to simple value types. It also contains the overloaded GetBytes() method, which converts simple data types to byte arrays. These functions can be useful for creating custom reader and writer classes. For example, a typical writer class might take specific data, convert it to a byte array, then pass the byte array to some type of stream object.

public sealed class BitConverter {
// Public Static Fields
   public static readonly field bool IsLittleEndian;             // =True
                  // Public Static Methods
   public static method long DoubleToInt64Bits(double value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(bool value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(char value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(double value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(short value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(int value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(long value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(float value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(ushort value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(uint value);  
   public static method byte[] GetBytes(ulong value);  
   public static method double Int64BitsToDouble(long value);  
   public static method bool ToBoolean(byte[] value, 
        int startIndex);  
   public static method char ToChar(byte[] value, 
        int startIndex);  
   public static method double ToDouble(byte[] value, 
        int startIndex);  
   public static method short ToInt16(byte[] value, 
        int startIndex); public static ...

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