CharEnumerator CharEnumerator CharEnumerator CharEnumerator Class

Definition

Supports iterating over a String object and reading its individual characters. This class cannot be inherited.

public ref class CharEnumerator sealed : ICloneable, System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerator<char>
[System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComVisible(true)]
[Serializable]
public sealed class CharEnumerator : ICloneable, System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerator<char>
type CharEnumerator = class
    interface IEnumerator
    interface ICloneable
    interface IEnumerator<char>
    interface IDisposable
Public NotInheritable Class CharEnumerator
Implements ICloneable, IEnumerator(Of Char)
Inheritance
CharEnumeratorCharEnumeratorCharEnumeratorCharEnumerator
Attributes
ComVisibleAttribute SerializableAttribute
Implements

Examples

The following example uses the CharEnumerator class to enumerate the individual characters in a string. It instantiates a CharEnumerator object by calling the String.GetEnumerator method, moves from one character to the next by calling the MoveNext method, and displays the current character by retrieving the value of the Current property.

String ^ title = "A Tale of Two Cities";
CharEnumerator ^ chEnum = title->GetEnumerator();
int ctr = 1;
String ^ outputLine1 = nullptr;
String ^ outputLine2 = nullptr;
String ^ outputLine3 = nullptr; 

while (chEnum->MoveNext())
{
   outputLine1 += ctr < 10 || ctr % 10 != 0 ? "  " : (ctr / 10) + " ";
   outputLine2 += (ctr % 10) + " ";
   outputLine3 += chEnum->Current + " ";
   ctr++;
}

Console::WriteLine("The length of the string is {0} characters:", 
                  title->Length);
Console::WriteLine(outputLine1);
Console::WriteLine(outputLine2);    
Console::WriteLine(outputLine3);
// The example displays the following output to the console:      
//       The length of the string is 20 characters:
//                         1                   2
//       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
//       A   T a l e   o f   T w o   C i t i e s
string title = "A Tale of Two Cities";
CharEnumerator chEnum = title.GetEnumerator();
int ctr = 1;
string outputLine1 = null;
string outputLine2 = null;
string outputLine3 = null; 

while (chEnum.MoveNext())
{
   outputLine1 += ctr < 10 || ctr % 10 != 0 ? "  " : (ctr / 10) + " ";
   outputLine2 += (ctr % 10) + " ";
   outputLine3 += chEnum.Current + " ";
   ctr++;
}

Console.WriteLine("The length of the string is {0} characters:", 
                  title.Length);
Console.WriteLine(outputLine1);
Console.WriteLine(outputLine2);    
Console.WriteLine(outputLine3);
// The example displays the following output to the console:      
//       The length of the string is 20 characters:
//                         1                   2
//       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
//       A   T a l e   o f   T w o   C i t i e s
Dim title As String = "A Tale of Two Cities"
Dim chEnum As CharEnumerator = title.GetEnumerator()
Dim ctr As Integer = 1
Dim outputLine1, outputLine2, outputLine3 As String 

Do While chEnum.MoveNext()
   outputLine1 += CStr(iif(ctr < 10 Or ctr Mod 10 <> 0, "  ", CStr(ctr \ 10) + " ")) 
   outputLine2 += (ctr Mod 10)& " "
   outputLine3 += chEnum.Current & " "
   ctr += 1
Loop

Console.WriteLine("The length of the string is {0} characters:", _
                  title.Length)
Console.WriteLine(outputLine1)
Console.WriteLine(outputLine2)    
Console.WriteLine(outputLine3)
' The example displays the following output to the console:      
'       The length of the string is 20 characters:
'                         1                   2
'       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
'       A   T a l e   o f   T w o   C i t i e s

Note, however, that the same operation can be performed somewhat more intuitively by using foreach (in C#) or For Each (in Visual Basic), as the following example shows.

String ^ title = "A Tale of Two Cities";
int ctr = 1;
String ^ outputLine1 = nullptr;
String ^ outputLine2 = nullptr;
String ^ outputLine3 = nullptr; 

for each (wchar_t ch in title)
{
   outputLine1 += ctr < 10 || ctr % 10 != 0 ? "  " : (ctr / 10) + " ";
   outputLine2 += (ctr % 10) + " ";
   outputLine3 += ch + " ";
   ctr++;
}

Console::WriteLine("The length of the string is {0} characters:", 
                  title->Length);
Console::WriteLine(outputLine1);
Console::WriteLine(outputLine2);    
Console::WriteLine(outputLine3);
// The example displays the following output to the console:      
//       The length of the string is 20 characters:
//                         1                   2
//       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
//       A   T a l e   o f   T w o   C i t i e s
string title = "A Tale of Two Cities";
int ctr = 1;
string outputLine1 = null;
string outputLine2 = null;
string outputLine3 = null; 

foreach (char ch in title)
{
   outputLine1 += ctr < 10 || ctr % 10 != 0 ? "  " : (ctr / 10) + " ";
   outputLine2 += (ctr % 10) + " ";
   outputLine3 += ch + " ";
   ctr++;
}

Console.WriteLine("The length of the string is {0} characters:", 
                  title.Length);
Console.WriteLine(outputLine1);
Console.WriteLine(outputLine2);    
Console.WriteLine(outputLine3);
// The example displays the following output to the console:      
//       The length of the string is 20 characters:
//                         1                   2
//       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
//       A   T a l e   o f   T w o   C i t i e s
Dim title As String = "A Tale of Two Cities"
Dim ctr As Integer = 1
Dim outputLine1, outputLine2, outputLine3 As String 

For Each ch As Char In title
   outputLine1 += CStr(iif(ctr < 10 Or ctr Mod 10 <> 0, "  ", CStr(ctr \ 10) + " ")) 
   outputLine2 += (ctr Mod 10)& " "
   outputLine3 += ch & " "
   ctr += 1
Next

Console.WriteLine("The length of the string is {0} characters:", _
                  title.Length)
Console.WriteLine(outputLine1)
Console.WriteLine(outputLine2)    
Console.WriteLine(outputLine3)
' The example displays the following output to the console:      
'       The length of the string is 20 characters:
'                         1                   2
'       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
'       A   T a l e   o f   T w o   C i t i e s

Remarks

A CharEnumerator provides read-only access to the characters in a referenced String object. For example, the foreach statement of the Microsoft Visual Basic and C# programming languages, which iterates through the elements of a collection, retrieves a CharEnumerator from a String object in order to iterate through the characters in that object.

Important

The CharEnumerator class enumerates individual 16-bit Char instances. It does not consider graphemes (that is, a character followed by one or more combiding characters) or surrogate pairs (that is, characters outside the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane) as single characters. For an enumerator that handles these types of characters as a single unit, use the StringInfo class.

There is no public constructor for CharEnumerator. Instead, call a String object's GetEnumerator method to obtain a CharEnumerator that is initialized to reference the string.

A CharEnumerator maintains an internal index to the characters in the string the CharEnumerator references. The state of the index is invalid when it references a character position logically before the first character or after the last character in the string, and valid when it references a character within the string. The index is initialized to a position logically before the first character, and is set to a position after the last character when the iteration is complete. An exception is thrown if you attempt to access a character while the index is invalid.

The MoveNext method increments the index by one, so the first and subsequent characters are accessed in turn. The Reset method sets the index to a position logically before the first character. The Current property retrieves the character currently referenced by index. The Clone method creates a copy of the CharEnumerator.

Note

Several independent instances of CharEnumerator across one or more threads can have access to a single instance of String. This class is implemented to support the IEnumerator interface. For more information regarding the use of an enumerator, see the IEnumerator topic.

Properties

Current Current Current Current

Gets the currently referenced character in the string enumerated by this CharEnumerator object.

Methods

Clone() Clone() Clone() Clone()

Creates a copy of the current CharEnumerator object.

Dispose() Dispose() Dispose() Dispose()

Releases all resources used by the current instance of the CharEnumerator class.

Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object)

Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.

(Inherited from Object)
GetHashCode() GetHashCode() GetHashCode() GetHashCode()

Serves as the default hash function.

(Inherited from Object)
GetType() GetType() GetType() GetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.

(Inherited from Object)
MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone()

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.

(Inherited from Object)
MoveNext() MoveNext() MoveNext() MoveNext()

Increments the internal index of the current CharEnumerator object to the next character of the enumerated string.

Reset() Reset() Reset() Reset()

Initializes the index to a position logically before the first character of the enumerated string.

ToString() ToString() ToString() ToString()

Returns a string that represents the current object.

(Inherited from Object)

Explicit Interface Implementations

IDisposable.Dispose() IDisposable.Dispose() IDisposable.Dispose() IDisposable.Dispose()
IEnumerator.Current IEnumerator.Current IEnumerator.Current IEnumerator.Current

Gets the currently referenced character in the string enumerated by this CharEnumerator object. For a description of this member, see Current.

Applies to

See Also