.net – Why does a Linq Cast operation fail when I have an implicit cast defined

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I've created two classes, with one of them having an implicit cast between them:

public class Class1
{
    public int Test1;
}

public class Class2
{
    public int Test2;

    public static implicit operator Class1(Class2 item)
    {
        return new Class1{Test1 = item.Test2};
    }
}

When I create a new list of one type and try to Cast<T> to the other, it fails with an InvalidCastException:

List<Class2> items = new List<Class2>{new Class2{Test2 = 9}};
foreach (Class1 item in items.Cast<Class1>())
{
    Console.WriteLine(item.Test1);
}

This, however, works fine:

foreach (Class1 item in items)
{
    Console.WriteLine(item.Test1);
}

Why is the implicit cast not called when using Cast<T>?

Best Solution

Because, looking at the code via Reflector, Cast doesnt attempt to take any implicit cast operators (the LINQ Cast code is heavily optimised for special cases of all kinds, but nothing in that direction) into account (as many .NET languages won't).

Without getting into reflection and other things, generics doesnt offer any out of the box way to take such extra stuff into account in any case.

EDIT: In general, more complex facilities like implicit/explict, equality operators etc. are not generally handled by generic facilities like LINQ.