Removing Characters and Strings from a String (VB6)

I am often faced with a problem of a string that needs to have certain characters removed from it. With the advent of the <b>Replace() </b> function, the problem becomes more manageable. For instance, if you wanted to remove all of a's from a particular string, you could do the following:

Debug.print Replace("abababa", "a", "")

This is nice when you only have a single character that you want removed, but if you have a long list of suspects, you will have to do some serious copy and paste. You can avoid that by using the following function:

public Function StripOut(From as string, What as string) as string

    Dim i as Integer

    StripOut = From
    for i = 1 to len(What)
        StripOut = Replace(StripOut, mid$(What, i, 1), "")
    next i

End Function

Just place it somewhere in your code (preferably in a module), and call it like this:

Debug.print StripOut("abcdefg", "bdf")

This will return a string that had all of its 'b', 'd', and 'f' characters removed.



Comments

  • Replace by any other name?

    Posted by ahoodin on 08/05/2014 05:17am

    How is this better?

    Reply
  • Replace Characters in VB String

    Posted by Legacy on 06/07/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Partha

    This is the simplest and best that I could found on the net when I searched for morethan an hour to figure out escaping the special characters in VB.
    This code straight away provided me the clue that I was looking for and saved my time a lot.
    Thanks a lot to the writer of this code.

    Reply
  • http://codeguru.developer.com/vb/articles/1761.shtml

    Posted by Legacy on 02/27/2000 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Sebastijan

    The problem is how to stripout a word "cde" from "abcdefgccdecc cc cde cc"

    Reply
Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Top White Papers and Webcasts

  • On-demand Event Event Date: January 28, 2015 Check out this webcast and join Jeff Sloyer, IBM Developer Evangelist and Master Inventor, for a tutorial for building cloud-based applications. Using IBM's platform as a service, Bluemix, Jeff will show you how to architect and assemble cloud-based applications built for cloud scale. Leveraging the power of microservices, developers can quickly translate monolithic applications to a cloud-based microarchitecture. This hour-long session introduces the concepts and …

  • With the average cost of a data breach reaching $3.5 million, the pressure is intense to maintain the security and compliance of your data center. It only takes one breach and the cost to your organization can spiral out of control. In this white paper, you will discover how your organization may be at risk and how you can protect your data center from costly and highly visible breaches. Through the Intelligent Compliance process, you will learn how you can: Automate the discovery process for your …

Most Popular Programming Stories

More for Developers

RSS Feeds

Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date