Gets the Description attribute from an Enum

public static class EnumEx
{
    public static T GetValueFromDescription<T>(string description)
    {
        var type = typeof(T);
        if(!type.IsEnum) throw new InvalidOperationException();
        foreach(var field in type.GetFields())
        {
            var attribute = Attribute.GetCustomAttribute(field,
                typeof(DescriptionAttribute)) as DescriptionAttribute;
            if(attribute != null)
            {
                if(attribute.Description == description)
                    return (T)field.GetValue(null);
            }
            else
            {
                if(field.Name == description)
                    return (T)field.GetValue(null);
            }
        }
        throw new ArgumentException("Not found.", "description");
        // or return default(T);
    }
}

Usage:

var panda = EnumEx.GetValueFromDescription<Animal>("Giant Panda");

source: stackoverflow

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