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How do I convert a character to a bit array in VB.NET?

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How do I convert a character to a bit array in VB.NET 2005?  If you know how to convert a string to a bit array, that would solve my problem just as well...

Thanks in advance!
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Hi stev0931,

Try this:

Dim myBitArray As New BitArray(System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes("a"))

Cheers,
Hillwaaa
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Thanks!
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Also, do you know how to convert the bitarray back into a string?

For example, the bitarray may be 0001011010100110001101100011011011110110, in which case I need "hello", which is the ascii representation of the bitarray using the code above...
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Did you get an answer on this - I thought I saw a separate question but now I can't see it?
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I ended up writing a function to convert a bitstream to binary and then used a built-in function to get a string from that - 50 lines of code later, it's working.  Not the most elegant solution, but it works :)

Thanks!
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No worries - long and short of what I could figure is that there is no easy solution to doing bitarray back to string.  The only other thing I found of interest was http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/JIBitArray.asp?df=100&forumid=316116&exp=0&select=1530092 - discussing a few bitarray related issues.  It's in C# but you get the idea :)
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Thanks!
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