Random Numbers
This page was last reviewed on Nov 10, 2023.
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Random. The Random type returns a stream of numbers. It is best used as a field—this improves results when called from multiple methods.
It is important to understand the 2 arguments to random methods in VB.NET. The second value is exclusive—so it is never included in the results.
Next method. We create a Random class instance with its constructor. And with Next, we pass up to 2 arguments. Default values are used if we do not specify them as arguments.
Argument 1 This is the minimum value returned by Next. It is inclusive, so can be a possible result.
Argument 2 This is the exclusive (not included) maximum. A max of 10 means the highest result possible is 9.
Module Module1 Sub Main() Dim r As Random = New Random ' Get random numbers between 5 and 10. ' ... The values 5 through 9 are possible. Console.WriteLine(r.Next(5, 10)) Console.WriteLine(r.Next(5, 10)) Console.WriteLine(r.Next(5, 10)) End Sub End Module
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Field. For modules or classes, it is best to store a Random number generator as a field. The Random instance will not repeat itself as much.
Here The program writes three random numbers to the screen. The output will vary each time you run it.
Module Module1 Sub Main() ' Write three random numbers. F() F() F() End Sub ''' <summary> ''' Write the next random number generated. ''' </summary> Private Sub F() ' Call Next method on the random object instance. Console.WriteLine(_r.Next) End Sub ''' <summary> ''' Store a random number generator. ''' </summary> Private _r As Random = New Random End Module
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Random bytes. Sometimes we need to generate many random numbers at once. If we need bytes, we can generate random bytes with NextBytes.
Info A loop that generates each byte individually could be used, but NextBytes is clearer and simpler to read.
Module Module1 Sub Main() Dim randomGenerator = New Random() ' Array of 10 random bytes. Dim buffer(9) As Byte ' Generate 10 random bytes. randomGenerator.NextBytes(buffer) For Each value In buffer Console.Write("[{0}]", value) Next End Sub End Module
Review. It is important to use the Random type as a field in some situations, to reduce the possibility of repetition. Having fewer Random number generators is also more efficient.
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