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Remove duplicate entries from string array

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4 Mar 2010CPOL
This VS2008 or higher extension uses a LINQ statement to remove duplicate items from a string array but is not case sensitive, also you might like to leave the sort/order-by in the extension or remove it.ExampleDim Names() As String = {"Bob", "Mary", "bob", "Bob", "Jane", "Kevin",...
This VS2008 or higher extension uses a LINQ statement to remove duplicate items from a string array but is not case sensitive, also you might like to leave the sort/order-by in the extension or remove it.

Example
VB
Dim Names() As String = {"Bob", "Mary", "bob", "Bob", "Jane", "Kevin", "Jane"}
Names = Names.RemoveDuplicates
For Each Name As String In Names
    Console.WriteLine(Name)
Next


Returns
VB
bob
Bob
Jane
Kevin
Mary


Extension (place in code module)
XML
<System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThrough()> _
<System.Runtime.CompilerServices.Extension()> _
Public Function RemoveDuplicates(ByVal sender As String()) As String()
    Return (From value In sender Select value Distinct Order By value).ToArray
End Function

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