The most basic use case for enum classes is the implementation of type-safe enums:
Each enum constant is an object. Enum constants are separated by commas.
Since each enum is an instance of the enum class, it can be initialized as:
Enum constants can declare their own anonymous classes with their corresponding methods, as well as with overriding base methods.
If the enum class defines any members, separate the constant definitions from the member definitions with a semicolon.
Implementing interfaces in enum classes
An enum class can implement an interface (but it cannot derive from a class), providing either a common implementation of interface members for all of the entries, or separate implementations for each entry within its anonymous class. This is done by adding the interfaces you want to implement to the enum class declaration as follows:
Working with enum constants
Enum classes in Kotlin have synthetic methods for listing the defined enum constants and getting an enum constant by its name. The signatures of these methods are as follows (assuming the name of the enum class is
valueOf() method throws an
IllegalArgumentException if the specified name does not match any of the enum constants defined in the class.
You can access the constants in an enum class in a generic way using the
Every enum constant has properties for obtaining its name and position in the enum class declaration:
The enum constants also implement the Comparable interface, with the natural order being the order in which they are defined in the enum class.