These are all externs for the base Lua "string" class, which functions as an additional set of string tools.

Note that all relevant indexes are "1" based.

Static methods

staticbyte (str:String, ?index:Int):Int

Returns the internal numerical codes of the characters str[index]. Note that numerical codes are not necessarily portable across platforms.

staticchar (codes:Rest<Int>):String

Receives zero or more integers. Returns a string with length equal to the number of arguments, in which each character has the internal numerical code equal to its corresponding argument. Note that numerical codes are not necessarily portable across platforms.

staticcharCodeAt (str:String, index:Int):Int

Returns the character code at position index of str.

staticdump (d:Dynamic):Dynamic

Returns a string containing a binary representation of the given function, so that a later loadstring on this string returns a copy of the function. function must be a Lua function without upvalues.

staticfind (str:String, target:String, ?start:Int, ?plain:Bool):StringFind

Looks for the first match of pattern in the string str. If it finds a match, then find returns the indices of str where this occurrence starts and ends.

Parameters:

target

If the target has captures, then in a successful match the captured values are also returned, after the two indices.

start

specifies where to start the search; its default value is 1 and can be negative.

plain

turns off the pattern matching facilities, so the function does a plain "find substring" operation, with no characters in pattern being considered "magic". Note that if plain is given, then start must be given as well.

staticformat (str:String, ?e1:Dynamic, ?e2:Dynamic, ?e3:Dynamic, ?e4:Dynamic):String

Returns a formatted version of its variable number of arguments following the description given in its first argument (which must be a string). The format string follows the same rules as the printf family of standard C functions. The only differences are that the options/modifiers *, l, L, n, p, and h are not supported and that there is an extra option, q. The q option formats a string in a form suitable to be safely read back by the Lua interpreter: the string is written between double quotes, and all double quotes, newlines, embedded zeros, and backslashes in the string are correctly escaped when written. For instance, the call string.format('%q', 'a string with "quotes" and \n new line') will produce the string: `"a string with \"quotes\" and \

  new line"`

The options c, d E, e, f, g, G, i, o, u, X-, and x all expect a number as argument, whereas q and s expect a string.

This function does not accept string values containing embedded zeros, except as arguments to the q option.

staticgmatch (str:String, pattern:String):Void ‑> String

staticgmatch (str:String, pattern:String, match:Void ‑> String, ?n:Int):String ‑> Void

Returns an iterator function that, each time it is called, returns the next captures from pattern over string str. If pattern specifies no captures, then the whole match is produced in each call.

staticgsub (str:String, pattern:String, replace:String, ?n:Int):String

staticgsub (str:String, pattern:String, replace:String ‑> Void, ?n:Int):String

staticgsub (str:String, pattern:String, replace:String ‑> String, ?n:Int):String

staticlen (str:String):Int

Receives a string and returns its length. The empty string "" has length 0. Embedded zeros are counted, so "a\000bc\000" has length 5.

staticlower (str:String):String

Receives a string and returns a copy of this string with all uppercase letters changed to lowercase. All other characters are left unchanged. The definition of what an uppercase letter is depends on the current locale.

staticmatch (str:String, pattern:String, ?n:Int):String

Looks for the first match of pattern in the string s. If it finds one, then match returns the captures from the pattern; otherwise it returns null. If pattern specifies no captures, then the whole match is returned. The optional argument n specifies where to start the search; its default value is 1 and can be negative.

staticsub (str:String, start:Int, ?end:Int):StringSub

Returns the substring of str that starts at start and continues until end; start and end can be negative. If end is absent, then it is assumed to be equal to -1 (which is the same as the string length). In particular, the call sub(str,1,end) returns a prefix of str with length end, and sub(str, -end) returns a suffix of str with length start.

staticupper (str:String):String

Receives a string and returns a copy of this string with all lowercase letters changed to uppercase. All other characters are left unchanged. The definition of what a lowercase letter is depends on the current locale.