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Dictionary<TKey, TValue>.ICollection.SyncRoot Property

Gets an object that can be used to synchronize access to the ICollection.

Namespace:  System.Collections.Generic
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
Object ICollection.SyncRoot { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Object
An object that can be used to synchronize access to the ICollection.

Implements

ICollection.SyncRoot

Default implementations of collections in the System.Collections.Generic namespace are not synchronized.

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.

The SyncRoot property returns an object that can be used to synchronize access to the ICollection. Synchronization is effective only if all threads lock the object before accessing the collection. The following code shows the use of the SyncRoot property for C#, C++, and Visual Basic.

ICollection ic = ...;
lock (ic.SyncRoot) {
   // Access the collection.
}

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

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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