TryParsers is available as two NuGet packages:

The .NET Framework has a number of static TryParse methods on types like Int32, Int64, Double, DateTime and so on, that make their use in expressions and functional code like LINQ queries impossible. That's because they return their result in two parts: one in the return value (a Boolean indicating whether the parse was successful) and another in an output parameter (the parsed value).

TryParsers is a tiny library, which can also be embedded as one or two C# files, that turns TryParse methods into functions that return their result entirely in the return value. For example, for an Int32, TryParsers's version returns a nullable Int32 or simply int? in C#. If the parsing succeeds, the return value will be the parsed Int32 value otherwise it will be null.

You can now write error-tolerant code using LINQ like this:

var nums = 
    from input in new[] { "O", "l", "2", "3", "4", "S", "6", "7", "B", "9" }
    select TryParse.Int32(input) into num
    where num != null
    select num.Value;

Console.WriteLine(string.Join(",", nums);

// Output: 2,3,4,6,7,9

The .NET Framework still has many types that support parsing or initializing from a string representation of a value but which throw exceptions on failure. TryParsers also comes with a generic method called Make for such cases that enables building a TryParse-like method on top of existing parsers. For example, the MailAddress constructor throws FormatException when it fails to parse or recognize a valid e-mail address. Using Make, however, you can create a TryParse-like method on top of MailAddress:

var addresses =
    from parser in new[] {
        TryParse.Make(s => new MailAddress(s), (FormatException e) => null)
    from s in new[] {
    select parser(s) into address
    where address != null
    select address;

Console.WriteLine(string.Join("; ", addresses));

// Output:
//; john.doe@localhost

Note that Make above will still throw if an exception other than FormatException is thrown by the MailAddress constructor. Below is a more advanced of example using Make to distinguish between FormatException and OverflowException (throwing in all other cases):

var results =
    from parser in new[] {
        TryParse.Make(s => (object) sbyte.Parse(s, NumberStyles.None), 
                      (FormatException e)   => e, 
                      (OverflowException e) => e)
    from s in new[] {  "l",  "2",   "4",  "B",    "16", 
                      "32", "64", "128", "256", "-512"  }
    select parser(s) into e
    select e is OverflowException
         ? "#OVERFLOW"
         : e is FormatException 
         ? "#ERROR"
         : e;

Console.WriteLine(string.Join(",", results));

// Output:

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