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How to: Read Characters from a String

The following code examples show how to read characters synchronously and asynchronously from a string.

This example reads 13 characters synchronously from a string, stores them in an array, and displays those characters. It then reads the remaining characters in the string, stores them in the array starting at the sixth element, and displays the contents of the array.

using System;
using System.IO;

public class CharsFromStr
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        string str = "Some number of characters";
        char[] b = new char[str.Length];

        using (StringReader sr = new StringReader(str))
        {
            // Read 13 characters from the string into the array.
            sr.Read(b, 0, 13);
            Console.WriteLine(b);

            // Read the rest of the string starting at the current string position. 
            // Put in the array starting at the 6th array member.
            sr.Read(b, 5, str.Length - 13);
            Console.WriteLine(b);
        }
    }
}
// The example has the following output: 
// 
// Some number o 
// Some f characters

The next example reads all the characters asynchronously from a TextBox control, and stores them in an array. It then asynchronously writes each letter or white space character on a separate line followed by a line break to a TextBlock control.

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows;
using System.IO;

namespace WpfApplication
{
    public partial class MainWindow : Window
    {
        public MainWindow()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private async void ReadButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            char[] charsRead = new char[UserInput.Text.Length];
            using (StringReader reader = new StringReader(UserInput.Text))
            {
                await reader.ReadAsync(charsRead, 0, UserInput.Text.Length);
            }

            StringBuilder reformattedText = new StringBuilder();
            using (StringWriter writer = new StringWriter(reformattedText))
            {
                foreach (char c in charsRead)
                {
                    if (char.IsLetter(c) || char.IsWhiteSpace(c))
                    {
                        await writer.WriteLineAsync(char.ToLower(c));
                    }
                }
            }
            Result.Text = reformattedText.ToString();
        }
    }
}
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