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StringBuilder.Chars Property

Gets or sets the character at the specified character position in this instance.

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

public char this[
	int index
] { get; set; }

Parameters

index
Type: System.Int32

The position of the character.

Property Value

Type: System.Char
The Unicode character at position index.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

index is outside the bounds of this instance while setting a character.

IndexOutOfRangeException

index is outside the bounds of this instance while getting a character.

The index parameter is the position of a character within the StringBuilder. The first character in the string is at index 0. The length of a string is the number of characters it contains. The last accessible character of a StringBuilder instance is at index Length - 1.

Chars is the default property of the StringBuilder class. In C#, it is an indexer. This means that individual characters can be retrieved from the Chars property as shown in the following example, which counts the number of alphabetic, white-space, and punctuation characters in a string.

using System;
using System.Text;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      int nAlphabeticChars = 0;
      int nWhitespace = 0;
      int nPunctuation = 0;  
      StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder("This is a simple sentence.");

      for (int ctr = 0; ctr < sb.Length; ctr++) {
         char ch = sb[ctr];
         if (Char.IsLetter(ch)) { nAlphabeticChars++;  continue; }
         if (Char.IsWhiteSpace(ch)) { nWhitespace++;  continue; }
         if (Char.IsPunctuation(ch)) nPunctuation++;  
      }    

      Console.WriteLine("The sentence '{0}' has:", sb);
      Console.WriteLine("   Alphabetic characters: {0}", nAlphabeticChars);
      Console.WriteLine("   Whitespace characters: {0}", nWhitespace);
      Console.WriteLine("   Punctuation characters: {0}", nPunctuation);
   }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//       The sentence 'This is a simple sentence.' has: 
//          Alphabetic characters: 21 
//          Whitespace characters: 4 
//          Punctuation characters: 1

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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.

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