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  From the February 2016 Issue of Prestwood eMag
Prism Language Basics:
Delphi Prism String Concatenation (+)
Posted 11 years ago on 2/17/2009 and updated 9/15/2009
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Delphi Prism String Concatenation

Unlike Delphi, Prism performs implicit casting. To concatenate two strings, a string to an integer, or a string to a floating point number, use the + operator. For example, to convert a floating point number to a string just concatenate an empty string to the number as in "" + 3.2.

Alternatively, you can use the System.Text.StringBuilder class which frequently but not always provides faster code.

Syntax Example:
var FirstName : String;
var LastName : String;
FirstName := 'Mike';
LastName := 'Prestwood';
ShowMessage('Full name: ' + FirstName + ' ' + LastName);
//Implicit casting of numbers.
//This fails:
//This works:
MessageBox.Show("" + 3.3);

Using System.Text.StringBuilder

Many times using the StringBuilder class is faster than concatenation. If you have extensive string manipulations to perform, consider using the StringBuilder class.

First add System.Text to your uses:


Then use the methods from the StringBuilder class. For example, you can use Append and ToString as follows:

method MainForm.StringBuilderBtn_Click(sender: System.Object; e: System.EventArgs);
FirstName : String;
LastName : String;
sbFullName := new StringBuilder;
FirstName := 'Mike';
LastName := 'Prestwood';

MessageBox.Show(FirstName + " " + LastName);
  //StringBuilder class.
sbFullName.Append(" ");

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Comment 1 of 3

FWIW, there's a couple of Catcatenations in with the Concatentations ;-)

Posted 9 years ago

Comment 2 of 3

Oops! Embarassed The spelling errors are fixed now. Thanks for letting me know.

Posted 9 years ago

Comment 3 of 3

Now that I have done more .net and Delphi Prism, I also wouldn't do a concatenation just to convert to string.

You can actually do:

MessageBox.Show( 3.3.ToString );

Posted 8 years ago
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