The Select Case statement is another way to test what is inside of a variable.
You can use it when you know there is only a limited number of things that could
be in the variable. For example, suppose we add another choice for that cream
cake. We’ve only said that the consequences of eating the cream cake is that
the Diet will be either “Ruined” or “Not Ruined”. But what
if we add another option – “Diet Not Tested”. In other words, we ate
the cake but refused to climb onto the scales to weigh ourselves!
With three choices, we can still use an If … Else statement. But let’s change
it to a Select Case statement. Remember: all we are doing is testing what is
inside a variable, in this case a variable called creamcake. Once we
decide what is inside the variable, we can take some action. So let’s look at
how the Select Case works.
Create a Form with a button and a Textbox on it (If you have your form open
from the previous section, then you can use this
one). Double click the new button. You should see something like this appear.
Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
Between the button Sub and End Sub code add the folowing
Dim creamcake As String
Dim DietState As String
creamcake = TextBox1.Text
Select Case creamcake
DietState = “Diet Ruined”
Case “Not Eaten”
DietState = “Diet Not Ruined”
DietState = “Didn’t check”
Run your code to test it out. Click inside your textbox and enter the word
“Eaten”. Then click your button to see what happens. Now enter the
words “Not Eaten” and click your button. Next, try the word “eaten”,
with a lowercase “e”.
Understanding how Select Case works in VB NET
So, how does the Select case work?
In the code above, we first set up two variables called creamcake and
DietState. Next, we transfer whatever is in Textbox1 to the variable
creamcake. The Select Case begins on the next line:
Select Case creamcake
We tell Visual Basic that we want to start a Select Case statement by simply
using the words “Select Case”. This is enough to set up the statement.
The variable creamcake follows the words Select Case. We’re saying, “Set
up a Select Case statement to test what is inside the variable called creamcake”.
The next line is this:
We ask Visual Basic to check if the variable creamcake contains the word “Eaten”.
(Is it the Case that … ?)
If it is the Case that creamcake contains the word “Eaten”,
then VB will drop down to the line or lines of code below and read that. If
the variable creamcake doesn’t contain the word “Eaten”, the programme
will skip the line or lines of code below and jump to the next Case.
The programme will continue to check all the words after Case to see if one
of them contains what is in the variable creamcake. If it finds one, it will
read the code below the Case word; if it doesn’t find any matches, it will not
do anything at all. In our code, we’re checking these three Cases:
Note also that it will only look for an exact match – “Eaten”, but not
The next line to examine is this:
You can use the Else word after Case. If the programme hasn’t found
any matches, it will then execute the code below the Case Else line.
The final line to examing is this:
All we’re doing here is to tell Visual basic to end the Select Case statement.
So the Select Case checks a variable for any number of different choices. If
a match is found, it will then execute code below the Case option it has found.
In our code, we’ve just told the programme to store some text in the DietState
variable. After the Select Case statement has ended we displayed the variable
in a Message Box.
You can use Select Case statement with numbers, as well, and the To
word comes in very handy here. If you were checking a variable to see if the
number that was in the variable fell within a certain age-range, you could use
something like this:
Select Case agerange
Case 16 To 21
Case 50 To 64
Here, a variable called agerange is being tested.
It’s being checked to see if it falls between certain values. If it does, then
a message box is displayed.
Add a new button to your form. Write a programme that tests if a person is
a) A teenager, b) in their twenties, c) in their thirties, or d) none of the
A popular way to use Select Case statements is with a drop down box. You can
then test which item a user selected from a list of available items. You’re
going to write a little programme to do just this. But before you can do so,
you’ll need to know how to add a Combo Box to a form, and how to get at the
values in its list. We’ll do that in the next section.
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