Encoding.GetBytes Method (Char[], Int32, Int32, Byte[], Int32)

When overridden in a derived class, encodes a set of characters from the specified character array into the specified byte array.

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

'Declaration
Public MustOverride Function GetBytes ( _
	chars As Char(), _
	charIndex As Integer, _
	charCount As Integer, _
	bytes As Byte(), _
	byteIndex As Integer _
) As Integer
'Usage
Dim instance As Encoding
Dim chars As Char()
Dim charIndex As Integer
Dim charCount As Integer
Dim bytes As Byte()
Dim byteIndex As Integer
Dim returnValue As Integer

returnValue = instance.GetBytes(chars, charIndex, charCount, bytes, byteIndex)
public abstract int GetBytes (
	char[] chars, 
	int charIndex, 
	int charCount, 
	byte[] bytes, 
	int byteIndex
)
public abstract function GetBytes (
	chars : char[], 
	charIndex : int, 
	charCount : int, 
	bytes : byte[], 
	byteIndex : int
) : int
Not applicable.

Parameters

chars

The character array containing the set of characters to encode.

charIndex

The index of the first character to encode.

charCount

The number of characters to encode.

bytes

The byte array to contain the resulting sequence of bytes.

byteIndex

The index at which to start writing the resulting sequence of bytes.

Return Value

The actual number of bytes written into bytes.

Exception typeCondition

ArgumentNullException

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

-or-

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

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

charIndex or charCount or byteIndex is less than zero.

-or-

charIndex and charCount do not denote a valid range in chars.

-or-

byteIndex is not a valid index in bytes.

ArgumentException

bytes does not have enough capacity from byteIndex to the end of the array to accommodate the resulting bytes.

EncoderFallbackException

A fallback occurred (see Understanding Encodings for complete explanation)

-and-

EncoderFallback is set to EncoderExceptionFallback.

To calculate the exact array size required by GetBytes to store the resulting bytes, the application should use GetByteCount. To calculate the maximum array size, the application should use GetMaxByteCount. The GetByteCount method generally allows allocation of less memory, while the GetMaxByteCount method generally executes faster.

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 three characters from a character array, encodes the characters, and displays the resulting bytes.

Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class SamplesEncoding   

   Public Shared Sub 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)
      Dim myChars() As Char = {"z"c, "a"c, ChrW(&H0306), ChrW(&H01FD), ChrW(&H03B2), ChrW(&HD8FF), ChrW(&HDCFF) }

      ' Get different encodings.
      Dim u7 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF7
      Dim u8 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF8
      Dim u16LE As Encoding = Encoding.Unicode
      Dim u16BE As Encoding = Encoding.BigEndianUnicode
      Dim u32 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF32

      ' Encode three characters starting at index 4, and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u7)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u8)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u16LE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u16BE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u32)

   End Sub 'Main


   Public Shared Sub PrintCountsAndBytes(chars() As Char, index As Integer, count As Integer, enc As Encoding)

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

      ' Display the exact byte count.
      Dim iBC As Integer = enc.GetByteCount(chars, index, count)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3}", iBC)

      ' Display the maximum byte count.
      Dim iMBC As Integer = enc.GetMaxByteCount(count)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3} :", iMBC)

      ' Encode the array of chars.
      Dim bytes As Byte() = enc.GetBytes(chars, index, count)

      ' The following is an alternative way to encode the array of chars:
      ' NOTE: In VB.NET, arrays contain one extra element by default.
      '       The following line creates the array with the exact number of elements required.
      ' Dim bytes(iBC - 1) As Byte
      ' enc.GetBytes( chars, index, count, bytes, bytes.GetLowerBound(0) )

      ' Display all the encoded bytes.
      PrintHexBytes(bytes)

   End Sub 'PrintCountsAndBytes


   Public Shared Sub PrintHexBytes(bytes() As Byte)

      If bytes Is Nothing OrElse bytes.Length = 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine("<none>")
      Else
         Dim i As Integer
         For i = 0 To bytes.Length - 1
            Console.Write("{0:X2} ", bytes(i))
         Next i
         Console.WriteLine()
      End If

   End Sub 'PrintHexBytes 

End Class 'SamplesEncoding


'This code produces the following output.
'
'System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 10  11  :2B 41 37 4C 59 2F 39 7A 2F 2D
'System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 6   12  :CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :B2 03 FF D8 FF DC
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :03 B2 D8 FF DC FF
'System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 8   16  :B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00


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

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 three characters starting at index 4, 
        // and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u7);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u8);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u16LE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u16BE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, 4, 3, u32);
    } //main

    public static void PrintCountsAndBytes(char chars[], int index,
                                            int count, 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, index, count);
        Console.Write(" {0,-3}", String.valueOf(iBC));

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

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

        // The following is an alternative way to encode the array of chars:
        // byte[] bytes = new byte[iBC];
        // enc.GetBytes( chars, index, count, bytes, bytes.GetLowerBound(0) );
        // 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       : 10  11  :2B 41 37 4C 59 2F 39 7A 2F 2D
System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 6   12  :CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :B2 03 FF D8 FF DC
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :03 B2 D8 FF DC FF
System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 8   16  :B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00

*/


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0
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