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Encoding.GetBytes Method (Char[])

When overridden in a derived class, encodes all the characters in the specified character array into a sequence of bytes.

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

public virtual byte[] GetBytes (
	char[] chars
)
public byte[] GetBytes (
	char[] chars
)
public function GetBytes (
	chars : char[]
) : byte[]
Not applicable.

Parameters

chars

The character array containing the characters to encode.

Return Value

A byte array containing the results of encoding the specified set of characters.

Exception typeCondition

ArgumentNullException

chars is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

EncoderFallbackException

A fallback occurred (see Understanding Encodings for complete explanation)

-and-

EncoderFallback is set to EncoderExceptionFallback.

If the data to be converted is available only in sequential blocks (such as data read from a stream) or if the amount of data is so large that it needs to be divided into smaller blocks, the application should use the Decoder or the Encoder provided by the GetDecoder method or the GetEncoder method, respectively, of a derived class.

For a discussion of programming considerations for use of this method, see the Encoding class description.

The following code example determines the number of bytes required to encode a character array, encodes the characters, and displays the resulting bytes.

using System;
using System.Text;

public class SamplesEncoding  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // The characters to encode:
      //    Latin Small Letter Z (U+007A)
      //    Latin Small Letter A (U+0061)
      //    Combining Breve (U+0306)
      //    Latin Small Letter AE With Acute (U+01FD)
      //    Greek Small Letter Beta (U+03B2)
      //    a high-surrogate value (U+D8FF)
      //    a low-surrogate value (U+DCFF)
      char[] myChars = new char[] { 'z', 'a', '\u0306', '\u01FD', '\u03B2', '\uD8FF', '\uDCFF' };

      // Get different encodings.
      Encoding  u7    = Encoding.UTF7;
      Encoding  u8    = Encoding.UTF8;
      Encoding  u16LE = Encoding.Unicode;
      Encoding  u16BE = Encoding.BigEndianUnicode;
      Encoding  u32   = Encoding.UTF32;

      // Encode the entire array, and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myChars, u7 );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myChars, u8 );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myChars, u16LE );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myChars, u16BE );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myChars, u32 );

   }


   public static void PrintCountsAndBytes( char[] chars, Encoding enc )  {

      // Display the name of the encoding used.
      Console.Write( "{0,-30} :", enc.ToString() );

      // Display the exact byte count.
      int iBC  = enc.GetByteCount( chars );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3}", iBC );

      // Display the maximum byte count.
      int iMBC = enc.GetMaxByteCount( chars.Length );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3} :", iMBC );

      // Encode the array of chars.
      byte[] bytes = enc.GetBytes( chars );

      // Display all the encoded bytes.
      PrintHexBytes( bytes );

   }


   public static void PrintHexBytes( byte[] bytes )  {

      if (( bytes == null ) || ( bytes.Length == 0 ))
         Console.WriteLine( "<none>" );
      else  {
         for ( int i = 0; i < bytes.Length; i++ )
            Console.Write( "{0:X2} ", bytes[i] );
         Console.WriteLine();
      }

   }

}


/* 
This code produces the following output.

System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 18  23  :7A 61 2B 41 77 59 42 2F 51 4F 79 32 50 2F 63 2F 77 2D
System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 12  24  :7A 61 CC 86 C7 BD CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :7A 00 61 00 06 03 FD 01 B2 03 FF D8 FF DC
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :00 7A 00 61 03 06 01 FD 03 B2 D8 FF DC FF
System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 24  32  :7A 00 00 00 61 00 00 00 06 03 00 00 FD 01 00 00 B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00

*/


import System.*;
import System.Text.*;
import System.Byte;

public class SamplesEncoding
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // The characters to encode:
        //    Latin Small Letter Z (U+007A)
        //    Latin Small Letter A (U+0061)
        //    Combining Breve (U+0306)
        //    Latin Small Letter AE With Acute (U+01FD)
        //    Greek Small Letter Beta (U+03B2)
        //    a high-surrogate value (U+D8FF)
        //    a low-surrogate value (U+DCFF)
        char myChars[] = new char[] {
            'z', 'a', '\u0306', '\u01FD', '\u03B2', '\uD8FF', '\uDCFF'
        };

        // Get different encodings.
        Encoding u7 = Encoding.get_UTF7();
        Encoding u8 = Encoding.get_UTF8();
        Encoding u16LE = Encoding.get_Unicode();
        Encoding u16BE = Encoding.get_BigEndianUnicode();
        Encoding u32 = Encoding.get_UTF32();

        // Encode the entire array, and print out the counts
        // and the resulting bytes.
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u7);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u8);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u16LE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u16BE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u32);
    } //main

    public static void PrintCountsAndBytes(char chars[], Encoding enc)
    {
        // Display the name of the encoding used.
        Console.Write("{0,-30} :", enc.toString());

        // Display the exact byte count.
        int iBC = enc.GetByteCount(chars);
        Console.Write(" {0,-3}", String.valueOf(iBC));

        // Display the maximum byte count.
        int iMBC = enc.GetMaxByteCount(chars.length);
        Console.Write(" {0,-3} :", String.valueOf(iMBC));

        // Encode the array of chars.
        ubyte bytes[] = enc.GetBytes(chars);

        // Display all the encoded bytes.
        PrintHexBytes(bytes);
    } //PrintCountsAndBytes

    public static void PrintHexBytes(ubyte bytes[])
    {
        if(bytes == null || bytes.length == 0) {
            Console.WriteLine("<none>");
        }
        else {
            for(int i = 0; i < bytes.length; i++) {
                Console.Write("{0:X2} ",
                        ((System.Byte)bytes[i]).ToString("X2"));
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    } //PrintHexBytes
} //SamplesEncoding

/* 
This code produces the following output.

System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 18  23  :7A 61 2B 41 77 59 42 2F 51 4F 79 32 50
 2F 63 2F 77 2D
System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 12  24  :7A 61 CC 86 C7 BD CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :7A 00 61 00 06 03 FD 01 B2 03 FF D8 FF
 DC
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :00 7A 00 61 03 06 01 FD 03 B2 D8 FF DC
 FF
System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 24  32  :7A 00 00 00 61 00 00 00 06 03 00 00 FD
 01 00 00 B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00

*/


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Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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Supported in: 1.0

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