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Writing an array to a text file and also writing it back to the array in VB 2005

Posted on 2006-11-25
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Hi Everyone,

I would like to write an array (8 values) to a text file, so save the values. I would then like to be able to read the values and populate the array with the values in the text value. Using the text file as a place to save the array values during different sessions if you will.

I would welcome any help pages, or advice on where I should look on how to acheive this.

Thanks,
Adam
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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What kind of Array are you dealing with?   Integer, String?...

If String, will there be any carriage returns in the values?
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Here's a very simple example:


  Private Sub BuildArrayAndTestReadWrite()
    Dim x(8) As String

    x(0) = "1"
    x(1) = "2"
    x(2) = "3"
    x(3) = "4"
    x(4) = "5"
    x(5) = "6"
    x(6) = "7"
    x(7) = "8"
    SaveArrayToFile(x)
    LoadArrayFromFile(x)


  End Sub

  Private Sub LoadArrayFromFile(ByRef x As Array)
    Dim sr As StreamReader
    Dim i As Integer
    sr = New StreamReader("SavedArray.txt")

    Do While sr.Peek() >= 0
      'This is an arbitrary size for this example.

      x(i) = sr.ReadLine()
      'The output will look odd, because
      'only five characters are read at a time.

      i = i + 1
    Loop
    sr.Close()

  End Sub

  Private Sub SaveArrayToFile(ByRef x As Array)
    Dim sw As StreamWriter = New StreamWriter("SavedArray.txt")
    Dim i As Integer
    For i = LBound(x) To UBound(x)
      sw.WriteLine(x(i))
    Next
    sw.Close()
  End Sub
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by:Nightman
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You would have to use
Imports System.IO
in the class

Also - ignore the comments in the code (straight from the MSDN ;) - and adjusted slightly)
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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You could do something like...

    Dim values() As String = {"a", "b", "c", "d", "e", "f", "g", "h"}

    ' To write the values...
    My.Computer.FileSystem.WriteAllText("C:\someFile.txt", String.Join("|", values), False)

    ' To read the values...
    values = My.Computer.FileSystem.ReadAllText("C:\someFile.txt").Split("|")

(given that "|" is not in the original strings...)
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by:eadam-uk
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Thanks nightman, worked a treat.

Sorry idle_mind I didnt see your final comment before I dished out the points, but thank you too!
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