Retrieves a reference to a specified String.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
- Type: System.String
The string to search for in the intern pool.
Return ValueType: System.String
A reference to str if it is in the common language runtime intern pool; otherwise, a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).
The common language runtime automatically maintains a table, called the intern pool, which contains a single instance of each unique literal string constant declared in a program, as well as any unique instance of String you add programmatically by calling the Intern method.
The intern pool conserves string storage. If you assign a literal string constant to several variables, each variable is set to reference the same constant in the intern pool instead of referencing several different instances of String that have identical values.
This method looks up str in the intern pool. If str has already been interned, a reference to that instance is returned; otherwise, a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) is returned.
Compare this method to the Intern method.
This method does not return a Boolean value. If you call the method because you want a Boolean value that indicates whether a particular string is interned, you can use code such as the following.
Starting with the .NET Framework version 2.0, you can override the use of the intern pool when you use the Ngen.exe (Native Image Generator) to install an assembly to the native image cache on a local computer. For more information, see Performance Considerations in the Remarks section for the Intern property.