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SortedList Constructor (IComparer, Int32)

Initializes a new instance of the SortedList class that is empty, has the specified initial capacity, and is sorted according to the specified IComparer interface.

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

public SortedList(
	IComparer comparer,
	int capacity
)

Parameters

comparer
Type: System.Collections.IComparer

The IComparer implementation to use when comparing keys.

-or-

null to use the IComparable implementation of each key.

capacity
Type: System.Int32

The initial number of elements that the SortedList object can contain.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

capacity is less than zero.

OutOfMemoryException

There is not enough available memory to create a SortedList object with the specified capacity.

The elements are sorted according to the specified IComparer implementation. If the comparer parameter is null, the IComparable implementation of each key is used; therefore, each key must implement the IComparable interface to be capable of comparisons with every other key in the SortedList object.

The capacity of a SortedList object is the number of elements that the SortedList can hold. As elements are added to a SortedList, the capacity is automatically increased as required by reallocating the internal array.

If the size of the collection can be estimated, specifying the initial capacity eliminates the need to perform a number of resizing operations while adding elements to the SortedList object.

This constructor is an O(n) operation, where n is capacity.

The following code example creates collections using different SortedList constructors and demonstrates the differences in the behavior of the collections.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesSortedList
{

    public static void Main()
    {

        // Create a SortedList using the default comparer.
        SortedList mySL1 = new SortedList( 3 );
        Console.WriteLine("mySL1 (default):");
        mySL1.Add("FIRST", "Hello");
        mySL1.Add("SECOND", "World");
        mySL1.Add("THIRD", "!");
        try
        {
            mySL1.Add("first", "Ola!");
        }
        catch (ArgumentException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e);
        }
        PrintKeysAndValues(mySL1);

        // Create a SortedList using the specified case-insensitive comparer.
        SortedList mySL2 = new SortedList(new CaseInsensitiveComparer(), 3);
        Console.WriteLine("mySL2 (case-insensitive comparer):");
        mySL2.Add("FIRST", "Hello");
        mySL2.Add("SECOND", "World");
        mySL2.Add("THIRD", "!");
        try
        {
            mySL2.Add("first", "Ola!");
        }
        catch (ArgumentException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e);
        }
        PrintKeysAndValues(mySL2);

        // Create a SortedList using the specified CaseInsensitiveComparer, 
        // which is based on the Turkish culture (tr-TR), where "I" is not
        // the uppercase version of "i".
        CultureInfo myCul = new CultureInfo("tr-TR");
        SortedList mySL3 = 
            new SortedList(new CaseInsensitiveComparer(myCul), 3);

        Console.WriteLine(
            "mySL3 (case-insensitive comparer, Turkish culture):");

        mySL3.Add("FIRST", "Hello");
        mySL3.Add("SECOND", "World");
        mySL3.Add("THIRD", "!");
        try
        {
            mySL3.Add("first", "Ola!");
        }
        catch (ArgumentException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e);
        }
        PrintKeysAndValues(mySL3);

        // Create a SortedList using the 
        // StringComparer.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase value.
        SortedList mySL4 = new SortedList(
            StringComparer.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase, 3);

        Console.WriteLine("mySL4 (InvariantCultureIgnoreCase):");
        mySL4.Add("FIRST", "Hello");
        mySL4.Add("SECOND", "World");
        mySL4.Add("THIRD", "!");
        try
        {
            mySL4.Add("first", "Ola!");
        }
        catch (ArgumentException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e);
        }
        PrintKeysAndValues(mySL4);

    }

    public static void PrintKeysAndValues(SortedList myList)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("        -KEY-   -VALUE-");
        for (int i = 0; i < myList.Count; i++)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("        {0,-6}: {1}",
                myList.GetKey(i), myList.GetByIndex(i));
        }
        Console.WriteLine();
    }
}


/* 
This code produces the following output.
Results vary depending on the system's culture settings.

mySL1 (default):
        -KEY-   -VALUE-
        first : Ola!
        FIRST : Hello
        SECOND: World
        THIRD : !

mySL2 (case-insensitive comparer):
System.ArgumentException: Item has already been added.  Key in dictionary: 'FIRST'  Key being added: 'first'
   at System.Collections.SortedList.Add(Object key, Object value)
   at SamplesSortedList.Main()
        -KEY-   -VALUE-
        FIRST : Hello
        SECOND: World
        THIRD : !

mySL3 (case-insensitive comparer, Turkish culture):
        -KEY-   -VALUE-
        FIRST : Hello
        first : Ola!
        SECOND: World
        THIRD : !

mySL4 (InvariantCultureIgnoreCase):
System.ArgumentException: Item has already been added.  Key in dictionary: 'FIRST'  Key being added: 'first'
   at System.Collections.SortedList.Add(Object key, Object value)
   at SamplesSortedList.Main()
        -KEY-   -VALUE-
        FIRST : Hello
        SECOND: World
        THIRD : !

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 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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