StringBuilder.Chars Property (Int32)

 

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

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

Public Property Chars (
	index As Integer
) As Char

Parameters

index
Type: System.Int32

The position of the character.

Property Value

Type: System.Char

The Unicode character at position index.

Exception Condition
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.

Imports System.Text

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim nAlphabeticChars As Integer = 0
      Dim nWhitespace As Integer = 0
      Dim nPunctuation As Integer = 0  
      Dim sb As New StringBuilder("This is a simple sentence.")

      For ctr As Integer = 0 To sb.Length - 1
         Dim ch As Char = sb(ctr)
         If Char.IsLetter(ch) Then nAlphabeticChars += 1 : Continue For
         If Char.IsWhiteSpace(ch) Then nWhitespace += 1 : Continue For
         If Char.IsPunctuation(ch) Then nPunctuation += 1
      Next    

      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)
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       The sentence 'This is a simple sentence.' has:
'          Alphabetic characters: 21
'          Whitespace characters: 4
'          Punctuation characters: 1

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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