StringReader in C#

This article has been excerpted from book "The Complete Visual C# Programmer's Guide" from the Authors of C# Corner.

The StringReader and StringWriter classes, also derived from TextReader and TextWriter, are mainly used to manipulate strings rather than files. The StringReader class is built from a string and provides methods Read and ReadLine to read parts of that string. The StringWriter class is used to write to a StringBuilder class (from the System.Text namespace). Since strings in C# are immutable, the StringBuilder class is used to build a string efficiently. StringWriter provides methods like Write and WriteLine to write to the StringBuilder object. Use these streams if you are dealing with many string manipulations (e.g., a text-to-HTML parser). The StringRW class in Listing 6.11 is similar to the StreamRW class shown in Listing 6.10, except that it uses the StringReader and StringWriter classes.

Listing 6.11: StringReader and StringWriter Example


class StringRW
    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
    public StringRW()
        //Call the Writer Method

        //Call the Reader Method

    public static void Main()
        StringRW srw = new StringRW();

    //Writer Method
    private void Writer()
        StringWriter sw = new StringWriter(sb);
        Console.WriteLine("Welcome to the Profile Program");
        Console.Write("Name :");

        //Get the name from the console
        string name = Console.ReadLine();

        //Write to StringBuilder
        sw.WriteLine("Name :" + name);
        Console.Write("Country :");
        string country = Console.ReadLine();

        //Write to StringBuilder
        sw.WriteLine("Country :" + country);
        Console.Write("Age :");
        string age = Console.ReadLine();

        //Write to StringBuilder
        sw.WriteLine("Age :" + age);
        Console.WriteLine("Thank You");
        Console.WriteLine("Information Saved!");

        //Close the stream

    private void Reader()
        StringReader sr = new StringReader(sb.ToString());
        Console.WriteLine("Reading Profile");

        //Peek to see if the next character exists
        while (sr.Peek() > -1)
            //Read a line from the string and display it on the

        Console.WriteLine("Data Read Complete!");
        //Close the string


Output of listing 6.11

Instead of using a file as a data source (as in the StreamRW class in Listing 6.10), this example uses a StringBuilder object to store the input from the user in the Writer method using the StringWriter class. Later, in the Reader method, the example uses the StringReader class to read from the string, which was built in the Writer method.

Primitive Type Stream

Primitive type streams serialize the primitive data types into their native formats. These streams are used when you want to store and retrieve data directly in the form of primitive data types like int, double, char, and byte.


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