Brent Waggoner, Web Developer


Class2Dictionary: Reflection for a Key/Value World

Class2Dictionary

Class2Dictionary is a simple utility extension method to convert a class into a dictionary. It was useful and so small and self-contained that I thought I’d share it with the world. It uses reflection to populate a Dictionary<string, string> with the property names and values in a class.

Usage

C2D is an extension method and will work on any object that inherits the IC2D interface.

public class SampleClass : IC2D
{
   public int Id { get; set; }
   public string FirstName { get; set; }
   public string LastName { get; set; }
   public string Company { get; set; }
}

It can be used like this:

var sampleClass = new SampleClass();
var dictionary = sampleClass.ConvertC2D();

It returns a dictionary containing the property names as the keys, and the property values as the values.

I built it for use in sending POST requests but thought someone else might find it useful.

It can be viewed as well as pulled on GitHub.

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