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VBFixedStringAttribute Class

Indicates that a string should be treated as if it were fixed length.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    Microsoft.VisualBasic.VBFixedStringAttribute

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Field, Inherited = false, AllowMultiple = false)]
public sealed class VBFixedStringAttribute : Attribute

The VBFixedStringAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodVBFixedStringAttributeInitializes the value of the SizeConst field.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyLengthGets the length of the string.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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Visual Basic strings are of variable length by default. This attribute is useful when using Visual Basic file input and output functions such as FileGet and FilePut that require fixed length strings.

Structure Person
    Public ID As Integer 
    Public MonthlySalary As Decimal 
    Public LastReviewDate As Long
    <VBFixedString(15)> Public FirstName As String
    <VBFixedString(15)> Public LastName As String
    <VBFixedString(15)> Public Title As String
    <VBFixedString(150)> Public ReviewComments As String 
End Structure
NoteNote

The VBFixedStringAttribute is informational and cannot be used to convert a variable length string to a fixed string. The purpose of this attribute is to modify how strings in structures and non-local variables are used by methods or API calls that recognize the VBFixedStringAttribute. Keep in mind that this attribute does not change the actual length of the string itself.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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