What I need to do is get the first letter of a user's First name. For example; If the user's name is John Smith, then I would need just "J". I'm using this to create user names for our active directory online web form. I need the first letter of the user's first name and then add the last name. So John Smith would be "JSmith". How can I do this using vb.net. I know there are variious ways around this.