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Empty String Check (ASP Classic and VB.Net Cross Reference Guide)

By Mike Prestwood

ASP Classic versus VB.Net: A side by side comparison between ASP Classic and VB.Net.

 
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A language symbol used for assignment, comparison, computational, or as a logical.

Empty String Check

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An empty string is a zero length string, a string that is equal to null (""), or not assigned. In some languages, you can check if a string is empty by comparing it to an empty string (""). Some languages distinguish between nil and null ("") so checking if the length is 0 is easier.

ASP Classic:   Len(s&vbNullString)

In ASP Classic, you have to add an empty string to the value being compared in order to get consistent results. For example, add &"" to your string varilable or it's code equivalent &vbNullString. Then compare to an empty string or verify it's length to 0 with Len.

Syntax Example:

All these will work for variables unassigned, set to "", or set to Null:

If s&"" = "" Then
  Response.Write("<br>Quotes with &'' say null is empty")
End If
 
If Len(s&"") = 0 Then
  Response.Write("<br>Len with &'' says null is empty")
End If
 
If Len(s&vbNullString) = 0 Then
  Response.Write("<br>Using vbNullString also works!")
End If
VB.Net:   String.IsNullOrEmpty

In .Net, a string can be null or empty. The .Net framework offers a static method in the string class: String.IsNullOrEmpty to check if a string is null or empty.

Syntax Example:  
Dim s As String 
  
's = "" 'Uncomment to test 2nd case.
  
If String.IsNullOrEmpty(s) Then
  MessageBox.Show("hello")
End If












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