When creating applications, you always need to manipulate strings. Eina provides a very useful API for manipulating C strings:

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The most common string manipulation is the "split"

If you have a string, such as “Rasterman:Bluebugs:Tasn:Illogict:billiob:Puppet_Master”, and you want to print it in an easily readable format, you can use the eina_str_split() function to split the string using a delimiter. The first parameter is the string to split, the second determines where to split the string, and the final parameter is the maximum number of strings to split the string into. If you set a number less than 1, it splits the string as many times as possible.

The function returns a newly-allocated NULL-terminated array of strings, or NULL, if it fails to allocate the array. Always remember to free the memory allocated by the eina_str_split() function.

char *nicks = "Rasterman:Bluebugs:Tasn:Illogict:billiob:Puppet_Master";
char **result_arr;
int i;
// Splitting the string with ':' delimiter
result_arr = eina_str_split(names, ":", 0);
// Printing the result
for (i = 0; result_arr[i]; i++)
   printf("Nick : %s\n", result_arr[i]);
// Remember to free memory

To change the string to lowercase or uppercase

Use the eina_str_tolower() and eina_str_toupper() functions. They change the case for all characters of the given string. These functions modify the original strings.

char *str;
// Initialize the string
str = malloc(sizeof(char) * 4);
strcpy(str, "bsd");
// Change the string to uppercase
eina_str_toupper((char **)&str);
printf("%s\n", str);
// Change the string to lowercase
printf("%s\n", str);
// Free the allocated memory

If you need to "join" 2 strings of known length

Use the eina_str_join() function. The fist parameter is the buffer to store the result, the second is the size of the buffer, the third is the separator between the 2 strings, and the 2 final parameters are the stings to be joined.

char *part1 = "Elementary powered by";
char *part2 = "Enlightenment Foundation Libraries";
char *res;
size_t size;
// Calculate the string size + 1 for the delimiter
size = strlen(part1) + strlen(part2) + 1
// Allocate memory for the result
res = malloc(sizeof(char) * size);
// Join the strings
eina_str_join(res, size, ' ', part1, part2);
printf("%s\n", res);
// Free the allocated memory

To check whether a string starts or ends with another string

use the eina_str_has_prefix() or eina_str_has_suffix() function. You can also check whether a string has a particular extension with the eina_str_has_extension() function.

These functions return EINA_TRUE if the given string contains the specified prefix, suffix, or extension, and EINA_FALSE if it does not.

char *names = "Carsten;Cedric;Tom;Chidambar;Boris;Philippe"
if (eina_str_has_prefix(names, "Carsten"))
   printf("String starts with 'Carsten'")
if (eina_str_has_suffix(names, "Philippe"))
   printf("String ends with 'Philippe'")
if (eina_str_has_extension(names, "philippe"))
   printf("String has extension 'philippe'")
   printf("String does not have extension "philippe)