VB.NET ROT13 Encode FunctionThis VB.NET example method implements the ROT13 transformation cipher.
The ROT13 algorithm encodes plain text in VB.NET. What is the concept of ROT13? In this algorithm, the letters A-Z and a-z are rotated 13 places. This scrambles the text but is easily reversible.Strings
To begin, the Main function calls the Rot13 function. We test to make sure the Rot13 function, when called twice, correctly reverses the operation. In the Rot13 function, we receive one String parameter and return a new String value.Function
Asc: We first use the Asc function to convert several important characters to integers. These could be hard-coded in the program.Val, Asc
ToCharArray: We invoke ToCharArray and loop over all the chars in the string. We use Asc on each char to convert it to its ASCII representation.ToCharArrayChar Array
And: The shifting logic then tests letters and changes their values to be 13 greater or 13 less.
Finally: The String constructor converts the character array back to a string and returns it.String Constructor
VB.NET program that implements ROT13 algorithm
' Use Rot13.
Public Function Rot13(ByVal value As String) As String
' Could be stored as integers directly.
Dim lowerA As Integer = Asc("a"c)
Dim lowerZ As Integer = Asc("z"c)
Dim lowerM As Integer = Asc("m"c)
Dim upperA As Integer = Asc("A"c)
Dim upperZ As Integer = Asc("Z"c)
Dim upperM As Integer = Asc("M"c)
' Convert to character array.
Dim array As Char() = value.ToCharArray
' Loop over string.
Dim i As Integer
For i = 0 To array.Length - 1
' Convert to integer.
Dim number As Integer = Asc(array(i))
' Shift letters.
If ((number >= lowerA) AndAlso (number <= lowerZ)) Then
If (number > lowerM) Then
number -= 13
number += 13
ElseIf ((number >= upperA) AndAlso (number <= upperZ)) Then
If (number > upperM) Then
number -= 13
number += 13
' Convert to character.
array(i) = Chr(number)
' Return string.
Return New String(array)
Summary. The ROT13 algorithm is not a world-leading encryption technology. It is easily broken and won't stop others from reading your important secrets. But for those of us who have few important secrets, it can help disguise data.
Security by obscurity is useful if you don't care about the security of your data. ROT13 is helpful for learning how to write string-manipulation code. Beyond that, it is limited.
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