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String.IsNullOrEmpty Method

Updated: January 2011

Indicates whether the specified string is null or an Empty string.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static bool IsNullOrEmpty(
	string value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.String

The string to test.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the value parameter is null or an empty string (""); otherwise, false.

IsNullOrEmpty is a convenience method that enables you to simultaneously test whether a String is null or its value is String.Empty. It is equivalent to the following code:

result = s == null || s == String.Empty;

The following example determines whether each of three strings has a value, is an empty string or is null.

using System;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    string s1 = "abcd";
    string s2 = "";
    string s3 = null;

    Console.WriteLine("String s1 {0}.", Test(s1));
    Console.WriteLine("String s2 {0}.", Test(s2));
    Console.WriteLine("String s3 {0}.", Test(s3));
    }

    public static String Test(string s)
    {
    if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(s)) 
        return "is null or empty";
    else 
        return String.Format("(\"{0}\") is not null or empty", s);
    }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//       String s1 ("abcd") is not null or empty.
//       String s2 is null or empty. 
//       String s3 is null or empty.

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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Reason

January 2011

Expanded the Remarks section.

Customer feedback.

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