#65 – Verbatim String Literals

Because the backslash (\) is the first character in an escape sequence, you need to use the double-backslash sequence (\\) to embed actual backslashes in a string literal.

 string file = "C:\\MyDir\\Another Dir\\thefile.txt";

Because this can get a little hard to read, C# allows using the at sign (@) character to indicate a verbatim string literal–a string literal in which escape sequences should not be interpreted.

Using a verbatim string literal, we can write the earlier string without doubling the backslashes:

 string file = @"C:\MyDir\Another Dir\thefile.txt";

We can also use a verbatim string literal to split a string across multiple lines in the source code, rather than embedding the \n escape sequence:

string file = @"First line
Second line
Third line";
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3 Responses to #65 – Verbatim String Literals

  1. Bob says:

    @’s an ‘at symbol’ or ‘at’, &’s an ampersand…

  2. Pingback: #478 – Verbatim String Literals Can Span Multiple Lines « 2,000 Things You Should Know About C#

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