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ArrayList.GetEnumerator Method

Returns an enumerator for the entire ArrayList.

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

'Declaration
Public Overridable Function GetEnumerator As IEnumerator

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.IEnumerator
An IEnumerator for the entire ArrayList.

Implements

IEnumerable.GetEnumerator

The foreach statement of the C# language (for each in Visual Basic) hides the complexity of the enumerators. Therefore, using foreach is recommended, instead of directly manipulating the enumerator.

Enumerators can be used to read the data in the collection, but they cannot be used to modify the underlying collection.

Initially, the enumerator is positioned before the first element in the collection. Reset also brings the enumerator back to this position. At this position, Current is undefined. Therefore, you must call MoveNext to advance the enumerator to the first element of the collection before reading the value of Current.

Current returns the same object until either MoveNext or Reset is called. MoveNext sets Current to the next element.

If MoveNext passes the end of the collection, the enumerator is positioned after the last element in the collection and MoveNext returns false. When the enumerator is at this position, subsequent calls to MoveNext also return false. If the last call to MoveNext returned false, Current is undefined. To set Current to the first element of the collection again, you can call Reset followed by MoveNext.

An enumerator remains valid as long as the collection remains unchanged. If changes are made to the collection, such as adding, modifying, or deleting elements, the enumerator is irrecoverably invalidated and its behavior is undefined.

The enumerator does not have exclusive access to the collection; therefore, enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread-safe procedure. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can lock the collection during the entire enumeration. To allow the collection to be accessed by multiple threads for reading and writing, you must implement your own synchronization.

This method is an O(1) operation.

The following example gets the enumerator for an ArrayList, and the enumerator for a range of elements in the ArrayList.


Imports System
Imports System.Collections

Class Program
    Private Shared Sub Main(ByVal args As String())
        Dim colors As New ArrayList()
        colors.Add("red")
        colors.Add("blue")
        colors.Add("green")
        colors.Add("yellow")
        colors.Add("beige")
        colors.Add("brown")
        colors.Add("magenta")
        colors.Add("purple")

        Dim e As IEnumerator = colors.GetEnumerator()
        While e.MoveNext()
            Dim obj As [Object] = e.Current
            Console.WriteLine(obj)
        End While

        Console.WriteLine()

        Dim e2 As IEnumerator = colors.GetEnumerator(2, 4)
        While e2.MoveNext()
            Dim obj As [Object] = e2.Current
            Console.WriteLine(obj)
        End While
    End Sub
End Class

' This code example produces
' the following ouput:
' red
' blue
' green
' yellow
' beige
' brown
' magenta
' purple
'
' green
' yellow
' beige
' brown
' 



.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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