Read Method  

Return data read from the server.


object.Read( Buffer, [Length] )


A buffer that the data will be stored in. If the variable is a String then the data will be returned as a string of characters. This is the most appropriate data type to use if the server is sending data that consists of printable characters. If the server is sending binary data, it is recommended that a Byte array be used instead.
A numeric value which specifies the number of bytes to read. Its maximum value is 231-1 = 2147483647. This argument is required to be present for string data. If a value is specified for this argument for other permissible types of data, and it is less than number of bytes that is determined by the control, then Length will override the internally computed value. If the argument is omitted, then the maximum number of bytes to read is determined by the size of the buffer.

Return Value

The number of bytes actually read from the server is returned by this method. If an error occurs, a value of -1 is returned.


The Read method returns data that has been read from the server, up to the number of bytes specified. If no data is available to be read, an error will be generated if the control is non-blocking mode. If the control is in blocking mode, the program will stop until data is returned by the server or the connection is closed. Note that it is possible for the returned data to contain embedded null characters.

See Also

CodePage Property, IsConnected Property, IsReadable Property, ReadLine Method, Search Method, Write Method, OnRead Event