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February 22, 2010

Setting a Char Value

Filed under: C#,VB.NET @ 3:12 pm

Strings are a .NET data type that we use every day. But char, not so much.

char is a built-in .Net data type used to declare a Unicode character. Unicode characters are 16-bit and can represent any character used in any known written language.

A char value is defined using a character literal, decimal value, hexadecimal value, or Unicode.

In C#:

// Define a D
// Character literal
char myD  = ‘D’;
// Decimal
char myD2 = (char)68;
// Hexadecimal
char myD3 = ‘\x0044’;
// Unicode
char myD4 = ‘\u0044’;


Notice the single quotes in the first example. Using single quotes in C# defines a character literal. Using double-quotes defines a string literal.

In VB:

‘ Define a D
‘ Character literal
Dim myD As Char = "D"c
‘ Decimal
Dim myD2 As Char = ChrW(68)
‘ Hexadecimal
Dim myD3 As Char = ChrW(&H44)
‘ Unicode
Dim myD4 As Char = ChrW(&H44)


Notice the small “c” after the string. Using the “c” in VB defines a character literal.

The above code example results in displaying “D” four times.

Use this technique any time you need to use char data in your application.


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