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MetaEnum class

Represents single or multi-select enumerations.

When a new meta-enum is created, a meta-type with the McDataType property and McDataType.Enum value is registered. If an enumerator has been created, you can create a new field with the enumerator meta-type. The entity object property returns the selected item ID (Int32) or an array of selected item IDs (Int32[]).



When you create and delete meta-enums, remember that you can only modify a meta-model in Design mode. See the MetaClassManager class section.

Get an enumerator collection

Because the enumerator is an original meta-type, you can get all enumerators from the MetaClassManager.RegisteredTypes property.

Example: Find all enumerators

foreach(MetaFieldType type in DataContext.Current.MetaModel.RegisteredTypes)
        if (type.McDataType == McDataType.Enum)
            // The enumerator is found

Manage enumerators

The following MetaEnumclass methods are useful when managing enumerators:

  • CallĀ AddItem, passingĀ meta-type, item friendly name and order ID, to add an enum item to the enumerator.
  • CallĀ ChangeOrder, passingĀ meta-type, item ID and new order ID, to rename an enum item.
  • Call Create,Ā passing type name, friendly name and MultyValue flag, to create a new enumerator.
  • CallĀ GetItems, passingĀ meta-type, to get all enum items.
  • Call IsUsed, passing meta-type, to determine whether the specified type is used in any meta-class.
  • Call Remove, passingĀ meta-type, to delete an enumerator.
  • Call RemoveItem, passing meta-type and item ID, to remove an enum item.
  • CallĀ RenameItem, passingĀ meta-type, item ID and the new enum name, to rename an enum item.
  • Call UpdateItem, passing meta-type, item friendly name and order ID, to update an enum item.

Create an enumerator

Call theĀ CreateĀ method of theĀ MetaEnumĀ class, passing type name, friendly name and MultyValue flag to create a new enumerator.

Example:Ā Create a new enumerator

MetaFieldType newEnum = MetaEnum.Create(enumName, enumFriendlyName, bMultyValue);

Create an enum meta-field

If you created an enumerator, you can create a new field with the enumerator meta-type.

Example: Create an enum meta-field

public MetaField CreateEnumField(string name, string friendlyName, string enumName, bool isNullable, string defaultValue, bool enumEditable)
        if (name == null)
        throw new ArgumentNullException("name");
        if (friendlyName == null)
        throw new ArgumentNullException("friendlyName");
        AttributeCollection attr = new AttributeCollection();
        attr.Add(McDataTypeAttribute.EnumEditable, enumEditable);
        MetaField retVal = this.MetaClass.CreateMetaField(name, friendlyName, enumName, isNullable, defaultValue, attr);
        return retVal;

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