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NameObjectCollectionBase.IsReadOnly Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the NameObjectCollectionBase instance is read-only.

Namespace:  System.Collections.Specialized
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

protected bool IsReadOnly { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the NameObjectCollectionBase instance is read-only; otherwise, false.

A collection that is read-only does not allow the addition, removal, or modification of elements after the collection is created.

A collection that is read-only is simply a collection with a wrapper that prevents modifying the collection; therefore, if changes are made to the underlying collection, the read-only collection reflects those changes.

Retrieving the value of this property is an O(1) operation.

The following code example creates a read-only collection.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Specialized;

public class MyCollection : NameObjectCollectionBase  {

   private DictionaryEntry _de = new DictionaryEntry();

   // Gets a key-and-value pair (DictionaryEntry) using an index. 
   public DictionaryEntry this[ int index ]  {
      get  {
         _de.Key = this.BaseGetKey( index );
         _de.Value = this.BaseGet( index );
         return( _de );
      }
   }

   // Adds elements from an IDictionary into the new collection. 
   public MyCollection( IDictionary d, Boolean bReadOnly )  {
      foreach ( DictionaryEntry de in d )  {
         this.BaseAdd( (String) de.Key, de.Value );
      }
      this.IsReadOnly = bReadOnly;
   }

   // Adds an entry to the collection. 
   public void Add( String key, Object value )  {
      this.BaseAdd( key, value );
   }

}

public class SamplesNameObjectCollectionBase  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new MyCollection that is read-only.
      IDictionary d = new ListDictionary();
      d.Add( "red", "apple" );
      d.Add( "yellow", "banana" );
      d.Add( "green", "pear" );
      MyCollection myROCol = new MyCollection( d, true );

      // Tries to add a new item. 
      try  {
         myROCol.Add( "blue", "sky" );
      }
      catch ( NotSupportedException e )  {
         Console.WriteLine( e.ToString() );
      }

      // Displays the keys and values of the MyCollection.
      Console.WriteLine( "Read-Only Collection:" );
      PrintKeysAndValues( myROCol );

   }

   public static void PrintKeysAndValues( MyCollection myCol )  {
      for ( int i = 0; i < myCol.Count; i++ )  {
         Console.WriteLine( "[{0}] : {1}, {2}", i, myCol[i].Key, myCol[i].Value );
      }
   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

System.NotSupportedException: Collection is read-only.
   at System.Collections.Specialized.NameObjectCollectionBase.BaseAdd(String name, Object value)
   at SamplesNameObjectCollectionBase.Main()
Read-Only Collection:
[0] : red, apple
[1] : yellow, banana
[2] : green, pear

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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