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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)

public abstract int GetBytes(
	char[] chars,
	int charIndex,
	int charCount,
	byte[] bytes,
	int byteIndex
)

Parameters

chars
Type: System.Char[]
The character array containing the set of characters to encode.
charIndex
Type: System.Int32
The zero-based index of the first character to encode.
charCount
Type: System.Int32
The number of characters to encode.
bytes
Type: System.Byte[]
The byte array to contain the resulting sequence of bytes.
byteIndex
Type: System.Int32
The zero-based index at which to start writing the resulting sequence of bytes.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The actual number of bytes written into bytes.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

chars is null.

-or-

bytes is null.

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).

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 allocates 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.


using System;
using System.Text;

public class Example
{
   private static System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock;

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outBlock)
   {
      outputBlock = outBlock;

      // 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 u8 = Encoding.UTF8;
      Encoding u16LE = Encoding.Unicode;
      Encoding u16BE = Encoding.BigEndianUnicode;

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

   public static void PrintCountsAndBytes(char[] chars, int index, int count, Encoding enc)
   {
      // Display the name of the encoding used.
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,-30} :", enc.ToString());

      // Display the exact byte count.
      int iBC = enc.GetByteCount(chars, index, count);
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(" {0,-3}", iBC);

      // Display the maximum byte count.
      int iMBC = enc.GetMaxByteCount(count);
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(" {0,-3} :", iMBC);

      // Encode the array of chars.
      byte[] 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);
   }


   public static void PrintHexBytes(byte[] bytes)
   {
      if ((bytes == null) || (bytes.Length == 0))
         outputBlock.Text += "<none>" + "\n";
      else
      {
         for (int i = 0; i < bytes.Length; i++)
            outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0:X2} ", bytes[i]);
         outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      }
   }
}
/* 
This example produces the following output.
   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
*/



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

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