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BitArray Class

Manages a compact array of bit values, which are represented as Booleans, where true indicates that the bit is on (1) and false indicates the bit is off (0).

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

[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public sealed class BitArray : ICollection, 
	IEnumerable, ICloneable

The size of a BitArray is controlled by the client; indexing past the end of the BitArray throws an ArgumentException.

Elements in this collection can be accessed using an integer index. Indexes in this collection are zero-based.

The following code example shows how to create and initialize a BitArray and how to print out its values.

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

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes several BitArrays.
      BitArray myBA1 = new BitArray( 5 );

      BitArray myBA2 = new BitArray( 5, false );

      byte[] myBytes = new byte[5] { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 };
      BitArray myBA3 = new BitArray( myBytes );

      bool[] myBools = new bool[5] { true, false, true, true, false };
      BitArray myBA4 = new BitArray( myBools );

      int[]  myInts  = new int[5] { 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 };
      BitArray myBA5 = new BitArray( myInts );

      // Displays the properties and values of the BitArrays.
      Console.WriteLine( "myBA1" );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count:    {0}", myBA1.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Length:   {0}", myBA1.Length );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myBA1, 8 );

      Console.WriteLine( "myBA2" );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count:    {0}", myBA2.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Length:   {0}", myBA2.Length );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myBA2, 8 );

      Console.WriteLine( "myBA3" );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count:    {0}", myBA3.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Length:   {0}", myBA3.Length );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myBA3, 8 );

      Console.WriteLine( "myBA4" );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count:    {0}", myBA4.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Length:   {0}", myBA4.Length );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myBA4, 8 );

      Console.WriteLine( "myBA5" );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count:    {0}", myBA5.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Length:   {0}", myBA5.Length );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myBA5, 8 );
   }

   public static void PrintValues( IEnumerable myList, int myWidth )  {
      int i = myWidth;
      foreach ( Object obj in myList ) {
         if ( i <= 0 )  {
            i = myWidth;
            Console.WriteLine();
         }
         i--;
         Console.Write( "{0,8}", obj );
      }
      Console.WriteLine();
   }

}


/* 
This code produces the following output.

myBA1
   Count:    5
   Length:   5
   Values:
   False   False   False   False   False
myBA2
   Count:    5
   Length:   5
   Values:
   False   False   False   False   False
myBA3
   Count:    40
   Length:   40
   Values:
    True   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False    True   False   False   False   False   False   False
    True    True   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False    True   False   False   False   False   False
    True   False    True   False   False   False   False   False
myBA4
   Count:    5
   Length:   5
   Values:
    True   False    True    True   False
myBA5
   Count:    160
   Length:   160
   Values:
   False    True    True   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
    True    True    True   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False    True   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
    True   False   False    True   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False    True   False    True   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
   False   False   False   False   False   False   False   False
*/

System.Object
  System.Collections.BitArray

Public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

This implementation does not provide a synchronized (thread safe) wrapper for a BitArray.

Enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread-safe procedure. Even when a collection is synchronized, other threads can still modify the collection, which causes the enumerator to throw an exception. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can either lock the collection during the entire enumeration or catch the exceptions resulting from changes made by other threads.

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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