How to pass chars from unmanaged DLL to VB.NET

I have to read chars in VB.NET from an unmanaged DLL and convert them to a string. How do i pass the chars to VB.NET?
The only example i have is in C++:

API declaration in C++:
   extern unsigned char __stdcall  ReadXX(unsigned char *sn);

access example of the function from C++:
   unsigned char sn[50];
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David L. HansenProgrammer AnalystCommented:
StringBuilder should do the trick.
CumulusGranitusAuthor Commented:
May be (but how?). Meanwhile i have this solution:

<DllImport("Lib123.dll")> Public Sub ReadXX(ByVal ptr As IntPtr)
End Sub

            Dim ptr As IntPtr
            Dim n As Integer = 50
            ptr = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(n)
            ZeroMemory(ptr, CType(n, IntPtr))



It works very well.


<DllImport("Lib123.dll")> Public Sub ReadXX(ByVal str As StringBuilder)


Dim str as New StringBuilder();
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CumulusGranitusAuthor Commented:
Thanks, i will try this good looking solution on Monday.
You'll need to set the Capacity property of the StringBuilder.
Dim str as New StringBuilder(50);

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CumulusGranitusAuthor Commented:
both solutions are working.
Thanks for the hint.
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