Write Method (String, Object[])

Console.Write Method (String, Object[])

Writes the text representation of the specified array of objects to the standard output stream using the specified format information.

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

'Declaration
Public Shared Sub Write ( _
	format As String, _
	ParamArray arg As Object() _
)
'Usage
Dim format As String
Dim arg As Object()

Console.Write(format, arg)
public static void Write (
	String format, 
	Object[] arg
)
public static function Write (
	format : String, 
	... arg : Object[]
)

Parameters

format

The format string.

arg

An array of objects to write using format.

Exception typeCondition

IOException

An I/O error occurred.

ArgumentNullException

format or arg is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

FormatException

The format specification in format is invalid.

This method uses the composite formatting feature of the .NET Framework to convert the value of an object to its text representation and embed that representation in a string. The resulting string is written to the output stream.

The format parameter consists of zero or more runs of text intermixed with zero or more indexed placeholders, called format items, that correspond to an object in the parameter list of this method. The formatting process replaces each format item with the text representation of the value of the corresponding object.

The syntax of a format item is {index[,alignment][:formatString]}, which specifies a mandatory index, the optional length and alignment of the formatted text, and an optional string of format specifier characters that govern how the value of the corresponding object is formatted.

The .NET Framework provides extensive formatting support, which is described in greater detail in the following formatting topics.

The following code example uses the WriteLine method to demonstrate the standard formatting specifiers for numbers, dates, and enumerations.

' This code example demonstrates the Console.WriteLine() method.
' Formatting for this example uses the "en-US" culture.

Imports System
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Class Sample
   Public Enum Color
      Yellow = 1
      Blue = 2
      Green = 3
   End Enum 'Color
   Private Shared thisDate As DateTime = DateTime.Now
   
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Console.Clear()

      ' Format a negative integer or floating-point number in various ways.
      Console.WriteLine("Standard Numeric Format Specifiers")
      Console.WriteLine("(C) Currency: . . . . . . . . {0:C}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(D) Decimal:. . . . . . . . . {0:D}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(E) Scientific: . . . . . . . {1:E}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(F) Fixed point:. . . . . . . {1:F}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(G) General:. . . . . . . . . {0:G}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "    (default):. . . . . . . . {0} (default = 'G')" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(N) Number: . . . . . . . . . {0:N}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(P) Percent:. . . . . . . . . {1:P}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(R) Round-trip: . . . . . . . {1:R}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . {0:X}" & vbCrLf, _
                        - 123, - 123.45F)

      ' Format the current date in various ways.
      Console.WriteLine("Standard DateTime Format Specifiers")
      Console.WriteLine("(d) Short date: . . . . . . . {0:d}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(D) Long date:. . . . . . . . {0:D}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(t) Short time: . . . . . . . {0:t}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(T) Long time:. . . . . . . . {0:T}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(f) Full date/short time: . . {0:f}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(F) Full date/long time:. . . {0:F}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(g) General date/short time:. {0:g}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(G) General date/long time: . {0:G}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "    (default):. . . . . . . . {0} (default = 'G')" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(M) Month:. . . . . . . . . . {0:M}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(R) RFC1123:. . . . . . . . . {0:R}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(s) Sortable: . . . . . . . . {0:s}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(u) Universal sortable: . . . {0:u} (invariant)" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(U) Universal sortable: . . . {0:U}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(Y) Year: . . . . . . . . . . {0:Y}" & vbCrLf, _
                        thisDate)

      ' Format a Color enumeration value in various ways.
      Console.WriteLine("Standard Enumeration Format Specifiers")
      Console.WriteLine("(G) General:. . . . . . . . . {0:G}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "    (default):. . . . . . . . {0} (default = 'G')" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(F) Flags:. . . . . . . . . . {0:F} (flags or integer)" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(D) Decimal number: . . . . . {0:D}" & vbCrLf & _
                        "(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . {0:X}" & vbCrLf, _
                        Color.Green)
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'
'This code example produces the following results:
'
'Standard Numeric Format Specifiers
'(C) Currency: . . . . . . . . ($123.00)
'(D) Decimal:. . . . . . . . . -123
'(E) Scientific: . . . . . . . -1.234500E+002
'(F) Fixed point:. . . . . . . -123.45
'(G) General:. . . . . . . . . -123
'    (default):. . . . . . . . -123 (default = 'G')
'(N) Number: . . . . . . . . . -123.00
'(P) Percent:. . . . . . . . . -12,345.00 %
'(R) Round-trip: . . . . . . . -123.45
'(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . FFFFFF85
'
'Standard DateTime Format Specifiers
'(d) Short date: . . . . . . . 6/26/2004
'(D) Long date:. . . . . . . . Saturday, June 26, 2004
'(t) Short time: . . . . . . . 8:11 PM
'(T) Long time:. . . . . . . . 8:11:04 PM
'(f) Full date/short time: . . Saturday, June 26, 2004 8:11 PM
'(F) Full date/long time:. . . Saturday, June 26, 2004 8:11:04 PM
'(g) General date/short time:. 6/26/2004 8:11 PM
'(G) General date/long time: . 6/26/2004 8:11:04 PM
'    (default):. . . . . . . . 6/26/2004 8:11:04 PM (default = 'G')
'(M) Month:. . . . . . . . . . June 26
'(R) RFC1123:. . . . . . . . . Sat, 26 Jun 2004 20:11:04 GMT
'(s) Sortable: . . . . . . . . 2004-06-26T20:11:04
'(u) Universal sortable: . . . 2004-06-26 20:11:04Z (invariant)
'(U) Universal sortable: . . . Sunday, June 27, 2004 3:11:04 AM
'(Y) Year: . . . . . . . . . . June, 2004
'
'Standard Enumeration Format Specifiers
'(G) General:. . . . . . . . . Green
'    (default):. . . . . . . . Green (default = 'G')
'(F) Flags:. . . . . . . . . . Green (flags or integer)
'(D) Decimal number: . . . . . 3
'(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . 00000003
'

The following code example illustrates the use of the Write method.

Public Class FormatConverter
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim lineInput As String
      lineInput = Console.ReadLine()
      While Not lineInput Is Nothing
         Dim fields() As String = lineInput.Split(ControlChars.Tab)
         Dim isFirstField As Boolean = True
         Dim item As String
         For Each item In  fields
            If isFirstField Then
               isFirstField = False
            Else
               Console.Write(",")
            End If
            ' If the field represents a boolean, replace with a numeric representation.
            Try
               Console.Write(Convert.ToByte(Convert.ToBoolean(item)))
            Catch
               Console.Write(item)
            End Try
         Next item
         Console.WriteLine()
         lineInput = Console.ReadLine()
      End While
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'FormatConverter

public class FormatConverter
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        String lineInput;

        while (((lineInput = Console.ReadLine()) != null)) {
            String fields[] = lineInput.Split(new char[] { '\t' });
            boolean isFirstField = true;
            String item = null;
            for (int iCtr = 0; iCtr < fields.length; iCtr++) {
                item = fields[iCtr];
                if (isFirstField) {                
                    isFirstField = false;
                }
                else {                
                    Console.Write(',');
                } 
                // If the field represents a boolean, replace with a numeric 
                // representation.
                try {                
                    Console.Write(Convert.ToByte(Convert.ToBoolean(item)));
                }
                catch (FormatException exp) {                
                    Console.Write(item);
                }
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    } //main
} //FormatConverter

var lineInput : String;
while ((lineInput = Console.ReadLine()) != null) {
    var fields : String[] = lineInput.Split(char[](['\t']));
    var isFirstField : Boolean = true;
    for(var i in fields) {
        var item = fields[i];
        if (isFirstField)
            isFirstField = false;
        else
            Console.Write(',');
        // If the field represents a boolean, replace with a numeric representation.
        try {
            Console.Write(Convert.ToByte(Convert.ToBoolean(item)));
        }
        catch(FormatException) {
            Console.Write(item);
        }
    }
    Console.WriteLine();
}

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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