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Is there ToNumber?

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  • Subject: [mg119589] Is there ToNumber?
  • From: Ted Sariyski <tsariysk at>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 03:59:24 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <isnllk$n7b$> <>

Is there a built-in function which returns the numeric value of a string 
(like ToString but inverse).  Currently I use mine function toNumber:

  ch = StringToStream[timeStr];
  timeNum = Read[ch, Number];

but I suspect there is easier way.
Thanks in advance,

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