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BinaryReader.BaseStream Property

Exposes access to the underlying stream of the BinaryReader.

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

'Declaration
Public Overridable ReadOnly Property BaseStream As Stream

Property Value

Type: System.IO.Stream
The underlying stream associated with the BinaryReader.

Caution noteCaution

Using the underlying stream while reading or while using the BinaryReader can cause data loss and corruption. For example, the same bytes might be read more than once, bytes might be skipped, or character reading might become unpredictable.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following code example shows how to read and write Double data to memory by using the BinaryReader and BinaryWriter classes on top of the MemoryStream class. MemoryStream only reads and writes Byte data.


Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class BinaryRW

    Shared Sub Main()

        Dim i As Integer
        Const upperBound As Integer = 1000

        ' Create random data to write to the stream.
        Dim dataArray(upperBound) As Double
        Dim randomGenerator As New Random()
        For i = 0 To upperBound
            dataArray(i) = 100.1 * randomGenerator.NextDouble()
        Next i

        Dim binWriter As New BinaryWriter(New MemoryStream())
        Try

            ' Write data to the stream.
            Console.WriteLine("Writing data to the stream.")

            For i = 0 To upperBound
                binWriter.Write(dataArray(i))
            Next i

            ' Create a reader using the stream from the writer.
            Dim binReader As New BinaryReader(binWriter.BaseStream)

            ' Return to the beginning of the stream.
            binReader.BaseStream.Position = 0

            ' Read and verify the data.
            Try
                Console.WriteLine("Verifying the written data.")
                For i = 0 To upperBound
                    If binReader.ReadDouble() <> dataArray(i) Then
                        Console.WriteLine("Error writing data.")
                        Exit For
                    End If
                Next i
                Console.WriteLine("The data was written and verified.")
            Catch ex As EndOfStreamException
                Console.WriteLine("Error writing data: {0}.", _
                    ex.GetType().Name)
            End Try
        Finally
            binWriter.Close()
        End Try

    End Sub
End Class


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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