VB.NET 2005 and Searching Windows File System

Posted on 2006-07-17
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I am new to VB.Net 2005 and recently bought a book and am going through it to learn the language.  However one topic which I expect to need to know isn't covered in the book, which is searching for files.  Can someone point me to a book,website, article that includes sample code and good instructions for searching for files?  Thanks.
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Hi jibip,

Do you mean searching in code?

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If so just look up the System.Io Namespace and make sure your proficient in Looping and your well away,

Some useful classes you may need are:


However i will find some useful references for you

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Yes I mean programmatically searching for files based on name, date created, etc, using wildcards, etc.
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by:Fernando Soto
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Hi jibip;

In Visual Basic 2005 Microsoft added a ne method to the DirectoryInfo class called GetFiles(searchPattern, CurrentDirectory Or CurrentDirectoryAndAllSubDirectories)

The searchPattern from the documentation:
Wildcards are permitted. For example, the searchPattern string "*.txt" searches for all file names having an extension of "txt". The searchPattern string "s*" searches for all file names beginning with the letter "s". If there are no files, or no files that match the searchPattern string in the DirectoryInfo, this method returns an empty array.

The matching behavior of searchPattern when the extension is exactly three characters long is different from when the extension is more than three characters long. A searchPattern of exactly three characters returns files having an extension of three or more characters. A searchPattern of one, two, or more than three characters returns only files having extensions of exactly that length.

Link to Documentation:

Imports System.IO

        Dim di As New DirectoryInfo("C:\temp")
        Dim fi() As FileInfo = di.GetFiles("c*.vb", SearchOption.AllDirectories)

The above code will return a FileInfo class for each file that it finds that starts with a s and has the extension .vb into the array fi. Once you have the array of FileInfo you can find the FullName of the file File Creation Date, Attributes, Creation Time  and others. This is the link to the documentation for the FileInfo class and what info it holds.



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