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LINQ Query: Multiple "StartsWith"

Posted on 2011-03-15
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Briefly:
      string[] myarray = { "banana", "apple", "badminton","sansa stark" };
      string[] lookup = {"a", "ban"};
      string[] query = ???;

How do I use "lookup" as a "StartsWith" filter?  Query should return "apple" and "banana".  Both method-based and the verbose version would be greatly appreciated...
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Question by:tknudsen-qec
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by:Dhaest
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Below you can find an example with a list of strings (which is in my eyes a better solution)
public static class StringExtensions 
    { 
        public static bool StartsWithAny(this string s, IEnumerable<string> items) 
        { return items.Any(i => s.StartsWith(i)); 
        } 
    } 

   public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            List<string> myarray = new List<string>() { "banana", "apple", "badminton", "sansa stark" };
            List<string> lookup = new List<string>{"a", "ban"};
            var query = from x in myarray where x.StartsWithAny(lookup) select x;
            foreach (string x in query)
            {
                MessageBox.Show (x);
            }
        }

}

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by:Dhaest
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Added a small example how you can easily transform your string[] into list<string> and use the same query
public static class StringExtensions 
    { 
        public static bool StartsWithAny(this string s, IEnumerable<string> items) 
        { return items.Any(i => s.StartsWith(i)); 
        } 
    } 


        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {

            string[] myList = { "banana", "apple", "badminton","sansa stark" };
            string[] lookupList = {"a", "ban"};


            List<string> StringtoList = new List<string>(myList.Length);//AddRange is a method of List<T> objects that enables the conversion.//We just need to pass the reference to the array.            
            StringtoList.AddRange(myList);

            List<string> LookuptoList = new List<string>(lookupList.Length);//AddRange is a method of List<T> objects that enables the conversion.//We just need to pass the reference to the array.            
            LookuptoList.AddRange(lookupList);

            query = from x in myarray where x.StartsWithAny(lookup) select x;
}

}

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käµfm³d   👽 earned 500 total points
ID: 35138832
Here's my offering:
string[] queryResult = myarray.Where(item => lookup.Any(l => item.StartsWith(l))).ToArray();

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by:tknudsen-qec
ID: 35138967
kaufmed: works great and is clean.  Thanks kindly.

I couldn't get prior solution to work although at a glance I think it just needed a bit of cleaning up and a refresher on method extensions.
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NP. Glad to help  : )
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