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ArrayList.FixedSize Method (ArrayList)

Returns an ArrayList wrapper with a fixed size.

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

public static ArrayList FixedSize(
	ArrayList list
)

Parameters

list
Type: System.Collections.ArrayList

The ArrayList to wrap.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.ArrayList
An ArrayList wrapper with a fixed size.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

list is null.

This wrapper can be used to prevent additions to and deletions from the original ArrayList. The elements can still be modified or replaced.

A collection with a fixed size is simply a collection with a wrapper that prevents adding and removing elements; therefore, if changes are made to the underlying collection, including the addition or removal of elements, the fixed-size collection reflects those changes.

This method is an O(1) operation.

The following code example shows how to create a fixed-size wrapper around an ArrayList.

using System;
using System.Collections;
public class SamplesArrayList  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
      ArrayList myAL = new ArrayList();
      myAL.Add( "The" );
      myAL.Add( "quick" );
      myAL.Add( "brown" );
      myAL.Add( "fox" );
      myAL.Add( "jumped" );
      myAL.Add( "over" );
      myAL.Add( "the" );
      myAL.Add( "lazy" );
      myAL.Add( "dog" );

      // Create a fixed-size wrapper around the ArrayList.
      ArrayList myFixedSizeAL = ArrayList.FixedSize( myAL );

      // Display whether the ArrayLists have a fixed size or not.
      Console.WriteLine( "myAL {0}.", myAL.IsFixedSize ? "has a fixed size" : "does not have a fixed size" );
      Console.WriteLine( "myFixedSizeAL {0}.", myFixedSizeAL.IsFixedSize ? "has a fixed size" : "does not have a fixed size" );
      Console.WriteLine();

      // Display both ArrayLists.
      Console.WriteLine( "Initially," );
      Console.Write( "Standard  :" );
      PrintValues( myAL, ' ' );
      Console.Write( "Fixed size:" );
      PrintValues( myFixedSizeAL, ' ' );

      // Sort is allowed in the fixed-size ArrayList.
      myFixedSizeAL.Sort();

      // Display both ArrayLists.
      Console.WriteLine( "After Sort," );
      Console.Write( "Standard  :" );
      PrintValues( myAL, ' ' );
      Console.Write( "Fixed size:" );
      PrintValues( myFixedSizeAL, ' ' );

      // Reverse is allowed in the fixed-size ArrayList.
      myFixedSizeAL.Reverse();

      // Display both ArrayLists.
      Console.WriteLine( "After Reverse," );
      Console.Write( "Standard  :" );
      PrintValues( myAL, ' ' );
      Console.Write( "Fixed size:" );
      PrintValues( myFixedSizeAL, ' ' );

      // Add an element to the standard ArrayList.
      myAL.Add( "AddMe" );

      // Display both ArrayLists.
      Console.WriteLine( "After adding to the standard ArrayList," );
      Console.Write( "Standard  :" );
      PrintValues( myAL, ' ' );
      Console.Write( "Fixed size:" );
      PrintValues( myFixedSizeAL, ' ' );
      Console.WriteLine();

      // Adding or inserting elements to the fixed-size ArrayList throws an exception. 
      try  {
         myFixedSizeAL.Add( "AddMe2" );
      } catch ( Exception myException )  {
         Console.WriteLine("Exception: " + myException.ToString());
      }
      try  {
         myFixedSizeAL.Insert( 3, "InsertMe" );
      } catch ( Exception myException )  {
         Console.WriteLine("Exception: " + myException.ToString());
      }
   }

   public static void PrintValues( IEnumerable myList, char mySeparator )  {
      foreach ( Object obj in myList )
         Console.Write( "{0}{1}", mySeparator, obj );
      Console.WriteLine();
   }

}
/*
This code produces the following output.

myAL does not have a fixed size.
myFixedSizeAL has a fixed size.

Initially,
Standard  : The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog
Fixed size: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog
After Sort,
Standard  : brown dog fox jumped lazy over quick the The
Fixed size: brown dog fox jumped lazy over quick the The
After Reverse,
Standard  : The the quick over lazy jumped fox dog brown
Fixed size: The the quick over lazy jumped fox dog brown
After adding to the standard ArrayList,
Standard  : The the quick over lazy jumped fox dog brown AddMe
Fixed size: The the quick over lazy jumped fox dog brown AddMe

Exception: System.NotSupportedException: Collection was of a fixed size.
   at System.Collections.FixedSizeArrayList.Add(Object obj)
   at SamplesArrayList.Main()
Exception: System.NotSupportedException: Collection was of a fixed size.
   at System.Collections.FixedSizeArrayList.Insert(Int32 index, Object obj)
   at SamplesArrayList.Main()

*/

.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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