Recipe 5.16. Replacing Substrings


Problem

You need to find and replace all occurrences of a substring in a larger string.

Solution

Use the String object's Replace() method.

Discussion

The following example replaces all occurrences of lowercase "ing" with uppercase "ING" in a sample string:

 Dim quote As String = "The important thing is not to " & _    "stop questioning. --Albert Einstein" Dim result As String = quote.Replace("ing", "ING") MsgBox(result) 

Figure 5-14 shows the results, where two occurrences were found and replaced.

Figure 5-14. Replacing multiple substrings


In this example, the substrings are replaced with a new string of the same length, but the replacement string can be of differing length. In fact, a useful technique is to make a replacement with a zero-length string, effectively deleting all occurrences of a given substring. For example, the following code, applied to the original string, results in the shortened string displayed in Figure 5-15:

 result = Quote.Replace("not to stop ", "") 

Figure 5-15. Zapping substrings by replacing them with an empty string


See Also

Recipe 5.21 shows how to remove characters from the start and end of a string.




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