Daily Newbie - 04/29/2001
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Today's command, Chr() is almost a must-know for a lot of string manipulation and should be one of the fundimental tricks in your VB coding bags. If you have read the previous Newbie articles, you already know about the Asc() function. The Chr() function is a compliment of it. While the Asc() Function returns an ASCII code for a character, the Chr() function returns a character for an ASCII character.
Character - a symbol (as a letter or number) that represents information; also : a representation of such a character that may be accepted by a computer - Webster's online
Converting an ASCII character to a string character.
VB Help Description: Returns a String containing the character associated with the specified character code.
English: Takes a ASCII Character code and converts it to a "normal" text character.
Syntax: Chr(ASCII Code)
Usage: strCharacter =Chr(65)
Copy & Paste Code:
Today's code snippet will print a list of ACII codes and their equivilent character values in the debug window.
Dim intASCII As Integer
For intASCII = 49 To 122
The reason that the Chr() function is so important is that a lot of things in Visual Basic as based on
ASCII values. For example, in the KeyPress() event of an object, the value that is passed in as the pressed
key is an ASCII value. If you are wanting to display each character on the keypress event, you can do it with this code:
Private Sub Form_KeyPress(KeyAscii As Integer)
Since the KeyAscii is a VB-defined parameter, the ability to convert it to a character value is pretty important. Chr() Makes this simple. I used Chr() in a simple "word scrambling" project that you can view
by clicking here.
Tomorrow's Keyword: Command()