Tutorial :What's a quick way to convert a List<List<string>> to string[][]?



Question:

.ToArray doesn't do it


Solution:1

One quick variation on the existing answers, which uses a method group conversion instead of a lambda expression:

string[][] array = lists.Select(Enumerable.ToArray).ToArray();  

In theory it'll be every so slightly faster, as there's one less layer of abstraction in the delegate passed to Select.

Remember kids: when you see a lambda expression of this form:

foo => foo.SomeMethod()  

consider using a method group conversion. Often it won't be any nicer, but sometimes it will :)

Getting back to a List<List<string>> is easy too:

List<List<string>> lists = array.Select(Enumerable.ToList).ToList();  


Solution:2

Linq is the way to go on this one.

List<List<String>> list = ....;  string[][] array = list.Select(l => l.ToArray()).ToArray();  

to break it down a little more the types work out like this:

List<List<String>> list = ....;  IEnumerable<String[]> temp = list.Select(l => l.ToArray());  String[][] array = temp.ToArray();  


Solution:3

List<List<string>> myStrings;    myStrings.Select(l => l.ToArray()).ToArray();  

(LINQ rocks)


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