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Function ItemNames(extends f as folderItem, ReturnFileNames as boolean = true, ReturnFolderNames as boolean = true) As String()
// Returns an array containing the names of child items
// within the given folder item. Returns files and/or
// folders, as directed by the input booleans.
// Returns an empty array if f doesn't exist, or if f
// isn't a directory, or if both input booleans are false.
// The iteration is not recursive. On Windows, the special
// directories "." and ".." are ignored.
dim result() as string
if f.Directory then
// On Windows, RB's f.Item(i) is slow for folders with large
// child item counts, so we use Declares on Windows instead.
// Adapted from Aaron Ballman - see http://tinyurl.com/5susum
Soft Declare Function FindFirstFileA Lib "Kernel32" (path as CString, data as Ptr) as Integer
Soft Declare Function FindFirstFileW Lib "Kernel32" (path as WString, data as Ptr) as Integer
Soft Declare Function FindNextFileA Lib "Kernel32" (handle as Integer, data as Ptr) as Boolean
Soft Declare Function FindNextFileW Lib "Kernel32" (handle as Integer, data as Ptr) as Boolean
Declare Sub FindClose Lib "Kernel32" (handle as Integer)
dim UnicodeIsAvailable as boolean = System.IsFunctionAvailable("FindFirstFileW", "Kernel32")
dim ChildData as MemoryBlock // WIN32_FIND_DATA struct
dim ChildHandle as integer
if UnicodeIsAvailable then
ChildData = new MemoryBlock(592)
ChildHandle = FindFirstFileW(f.AbsolutePath + "*.*", ChildData)
ChildData = new MemoryBlock(318)
ChildHandle = FindFirstFileA(f.AbsolutePath + "*.*", ChildData)
if ChildHandle <> -1 then
dim ChildAttrs as UInt32 // first 4 bytes of WIN32_FIND_DATA
dim ChildName as string
// Loop through remaining items in the folder.
dim FoundNextChild as Boolean
do // loop through remaining children
ChildAttrs = ChildData.UInt32Value(0)
const NameOffset = 44
if UnicodeIsAvailable then
ChildName = ChildData.WString(NameOffset)
FoundNextChild = FindNextFileW(ChildHandle, ChildData)
ChildName = ChildData.CString(NameOffset)
FoundNextChild = FindNextFileA(ChildHandle, ChildData)
// Now that we have its name and attributes, we can decide
// whether this child should be added to our return array.
dim ChildIsFolder as boolean = (ChildAttrs and UInt32(16)) <> 0
if (ReturnFileNames and not ChildIsFolder) or _
(ReturnFolderNames and ChildIsFolder) then
if childName <> "." and childName <> ".." then
loop until not FoundNextChild // should really test GetLastError for ERROR_NO_MORE_FILES
// On non-Windows systems, pure RB code seems pretty fast.
dim child as FolderItem, ub as Integer = F.Count
for i as integer = 1 to ub
child = f.TrueItem(i)
if (ReturnFileNames and not Child.Directory) or _
(ReturnFolderNames and Child.Directory) then