Searching for elements in arrays in C# .NET

The Array class has a number of useful static methods. A group of them is used for searching purposes. The method names are generally quite descriptive. Here are some them with comments in the code:

string[] bands = new string[6] { "Queen", "ACDC", "Metallica", "Genesis", "INXS", "Motörhead" };

//find the first entry in the array which starts with Q, finds "Queen"
string firstBandStartingWithQ = Array.Find<string>(bands, s => s.StartsWith("Q"));
//finds last entry start with M, finds Motörhead
string lastBandStartingWithM = Array.FindLast<string>(bands, s => s.StartsWith("M"));
//finds Metallica and Motörhead and puts them in an array
string[] allWithM = Array.FindAll<string>(bands, s => s.StartsWith("M"));
//index will be 0 as Queen is the first item in the array
int queenIndex = Array.FindIndex<string>(bands, s => s == "Queen");
//yields true as ACDC figures in the array
bool acdIsThere = Array.Exists<string>(bands, s => s == "ACDC");	

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About Andras Nemes
I'm a .NET/Java developer living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.

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