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String.GetHashCode Method

Returns the hash code for this string.

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

'Declaration
<SecuritySafeCriticalAttribute> _
Public Overrides Function GetHashCode As Integer

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A 32-bit signed integer hash code.

The behavior of GetHashCode is dependent on its implementation, which might change from one version of the common language runtime to another. A reason why this might happen is to improve the performance of GetHashCode.

NoteNote:

   If two string objects are equal, the GetHashCode method returns identical values. However, there is not a unique hash code value for each unique string value. Different strings can return the same hash code.

The following code example demonstrates the GetHashCode method using various input strings.


' Example for the String.GetHashCode( ) method.

Module Example

   Public Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
      outputBlock.Text += _
          "This example of String.GetHashCode( ) " & _
          "generates the following output." & vbCrLf & vbCrLf

      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "a")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "ab")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abc")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abd")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abe")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdef")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdeg")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdeh")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdei")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "Abcdeg")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "Abcdeh")
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "Abcdei")
   End Sub 'Main

   Sub DisplayHashCode(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock, ByVal Operand As String)

      Dim HashCode As Integer = Operand.GetHashCode()
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format( _
          "The hash code for ""{0}"" is: 0x{1:X8}, {1}", _
          Operand, HashCode) & vbCrLf

   End Sub 'DisplayHashCode
End Module 'GetHashCode

' This example of String.GetHashCode( ) generates the following output.
' 
' The hash code for "" is: 0x00001505, 5381
' The hash code for "a" is: 0x0002B5C4, 177604
' The hash code for "ab" is: 0x00596E26, 5860902
' The hash code for "abc" is: 0x0B873285, 193409669
' The hash code for "abd" is: 0x0B873282, 193409666
' The hash code for "abe" is: 0x0B873283, 193409667
' The hash code for "abcdef" is: 0x4DDB4BE2, 1306217442
' The hash code for "abcdeg" is: 0x4DDB4BE3, 1306217443
' The hash code for "abcdeh" is: 0x4DDB4BEC, 1306217452
' The hash code for "abcdei" is: 0x4DDB4BED, 1306217453
' The hash code for "Abcdeg" is: 0x941C4FC3, -1810083901
' The hash code for "Abcdeh" is: 0x941C4FCC, -1810083892
' The hash code for "Abcdei" is: 0x941C4FCD, -1810083891


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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