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# Template std.algorithm.searching.canFind

Convenience function. Like find, but only returns whether or not the search was successful.

template canFind(alias pred) ;

## Contained Functions

NameDescription
canFind Returns true if and only if any value v found in the input range range satisfies the predicate pred. Performs (at most) Ο(haystack.length) evaluations of pred.
canFind Returns true if and only if needle can be found in range. Performs Ο(haystack.length) evaluations of pred.
canFind Returns the 1-based index of the first needle found in haystack. If no needle is found, then 0 is returned.

among for checking a value against multiple possibilities.

## Example

writeln(canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], 2)); // true
assert(canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], [1, 2], [2, 3]));
writeln(canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], [1, 2], [2, 3])); // 1
assert(canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], [1, 7], [2, 3]));
writeln(canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], [1, 7], [2, 3])); // 2

writeln(canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], 4)); // false
assert(!canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], [1, 3], [2, 4]));
writeln(canFind([0, 1, 2, 3], [1, 3], [2, 4])); // 0

## Example

Example using a custom predicate. Note that the needle appears as the second argument of the predicate.

auto words = [
"apple",
"beeswax",
"cardboard"
];
assert(!canFind(words, "bees"));
assert( canFind!((string a, string b) => a.startsWith(b))(words, "bees"));

## Example

Search for mutliple items in an array of items (search for needles in an array of hay stacks)

string s1 = "aaa111aaa";
string s2 = "aaa222aaa";
string s3 = "aaa333aaa";
string s4 = "aaa444aaa";
const hay = [s1, s2, s3, s4];
assert(hay.canFind!(e => (e.canFind("111", "222"))));