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Is there a quicker way to check if a String variable in VB 2005 is in a list of values? For example, instead of the following:

Dim x As String
If x = "Mr" Or x = "Mrs" Or x = "Miss" Or x = "Ms" Or x = "Prof" Or x = "Doc" Then
    'Do something
End If

Isn't there something like this?:

Dim x As String
Dim values() As String = {"Mr", "Mrs", "Miss", "Ms", "Prof", "Doc"}
If x IsIn values Then
    'Do something
End If

Something along those lines?

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Question by:SETP
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Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 2000 total points
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Use Array.IndexOf....
        Dim x As String
        Dim values() As String = {"Mr", "Mrs", "Miss", "Ms", "Prof", "Doc"}
        If Array.IndexOf(values, x) >= 0 Then
            MsgBox("Exists")
        Else
            MsgBox("Not Exist")
        End If

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by:planocz
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You can also play around with regexpressions....
If you break on fieldValues  you can see the filed break down of this item.
from there you can look for different string item that you want.

Sample:
       Dim strTest As String = "Dr. Jane O Smith M.D."
        Dim fieldValues As String() = ParseLine(strTest)

    End Sub
    Private Shared Function ParseLine(ByVal oneLine As String) As String()
        Dim pattern As String = "[ ,]+(?=(?:[^""]*""[^""]*"")*(?![^""]*""))"
        Dim r As System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex = _
                New System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex(pattern)
        Return r.Split(oneLine)
    End Function
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