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Learning Visual Basic .NET by Jesse Liberty

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Manipulating Strings

The String class provides a host of methods for comparing, searching, and manipulating strings, the most important of which are shown in Table 16-1.

Table 16-1. String class methods

Method or field

Explanation

Chars

The string indexer

Compare( )

Overloaded public shared method that compares two strings

Copy( )

Public shared method that creates a new string by copying another

Equals( )

Overloaded public shared and instance method that determines if two strings have the same value

Format( )

Overloaded public shared method that formats a string using a format specification

Length

The number of characters in the instance

PadLeft( )

Right-aligns the characters in the string, padding to the left with spaces or a specified character

PadRight( )

Left-aligns the characters in the string, padding to the right with spaces or a specified character

Remove( )

Deletes the specified number of characters

Split( )

Divides a string, returning the substrings delimited by the specified characters

StartsWith( )

Indicates if the string starts with the specified characters

SubString( )

Retrieves a substring

ToCharArray( )

Copies the characters from the string to a character array

ToLower( )

Returns a copy of the string in lowercase

ToUpper( )

Returns a copy of the string in uppercase

Trim( )

Removes all occurrences of a set of specified characters from beginning and end of the string

TrimEnd( ) ...

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