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BitConverter.GetBytes Method (Char)

Returns the specified Unicode character value as an array of bytes.

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

public static byte[] GetBytes(
	char value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Char
A character to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
An array of bytes with length 2.

The following code example converts the bit patterns of Char values (Unicode characters) to Byte arrays with the GetBytes method.


// Example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( char ) method.
using System;

class Example
{
   const string formatter = "{0,10}{1,16}";

   // Convert a char argument to a byte array and display it.
   public static void GetBytesChar(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, char argument)
   {
      byte[] byteArray = BitConverter.GetBytes(argument);
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, argument,
          BitConverter.ToString(byteArray)) + "\n";
   }

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
          "This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( char ) " +
          "\nmethod generates the following output.\r\n") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, "char", "byte array") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, "----", "----------") + "\n";

      // Convert char values and display the results.
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, '\0');
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, ' ');
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, '*');
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, '3');
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, 'A');
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, '[');
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, 'a');
      GetBytesChar(outputBlock, '{');
   }
}

/*
This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( char )
method generates the following output.

      char      byte array
      ----      ----------
                     00-00
                     20-00
         *           2A-00
         3           33-00
         A           41-00
         [           5B-00
         a           61-00
         {           7B-00
*/


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.

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