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I was playing around with Visual C++ and trying out enumerations since I haven't used them much but have run into a snag. I was under the impression that if you declared an enumeration such as: enum state {OFF, ON, PAUSED}; then used it to create a variable: state currentState; that currentState could be assigned any value out of OFF, ON, PAUSED, 0, 1, 2. However I can assign OFF, ON, PAUSED but if I try to assign currentState 0, 1, or 2 I get an error. error C2440: 'initializing' : cannot convert from 'int' to 'main::state' is there something extra I need to do or have things changed in VS 2005?

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You can't directly convert an int to an enum type. It needs to be manually casted. Use that as an opportunity to perform range checking.

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