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StringBuilder.Append Method (Object)

Updated: January 2011

Appends the string representation of a specified object to the end of this instance.

Namespace:  System.Text
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public StringBuilder Append(
	Object value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Object
The object to append.

Return Value

Type: System.Text.StringBuilder
A reference to this instance after the append operation has completed.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

Enlarging the value of this instance would exceed its maximum capacity.

The Append method modifies the existing instance of this class; it does not return a new class instance. Because of this, you can call a method or property on the existing reference and you do not have to assign the return value to a StringBuilder object, as the following example illustrates. It defines a Dog class, creates a Dog object, and makes three calls to the Append method to create a string that contains the dog's name and breed.


using System;

public class Dog
{
   private string dogBreed;
   private string dogName;

   public Dog(string name, string breed)
   {
      this.dogName = name;
      this.dogBreed = breed;
   }

   public string Breed {
      get { return this.dogBreed; }
   }

   public string Name {
      get { return this.dogName; }
   }

   public override string ToString()
   {
      return this.dogName;
   }
}

public class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      Dog dog1 = new Dog("Yiska", "Alaskan Malamute");
      System.Text.StringBuilder sb = new System.Text.StringBuilder();     
      sb.Append(dog1).Append(", Breed: ").Append(dog1.Breed);  
      outputBlock.Text += sb.ToString() + Environment.NewLine;
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//        Yiska, Breed: Alaskan Malamute


The Append method calls the Object.ToString method to get the string representation of value. If value is null, no changes are made to the StringBuilder object.

The capacity of this instance is adjusted as needed.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

Date

History

Reason

January 2011

Expanded the Remarks section and removed the example.

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