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List(Of T).IndexOf Method (T)

Searches for the specified object and returns the zero-based index of the first occurrence within the entire List(Of T).

Namespace:  System.Collections.Generic
Assemblies:   mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
  System.Collections (in System.Collections.dll)

'Declaration
Public Function IndexOf ( _
	item As T _
) As Integer

Parameters

item
Type: T

The object to locate in the List(Of T). The value can be Nothing for reference types.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The zero-based index of the first occurrence of item within the entire List(Of T), if found; otherwise, –1.

Implements

IList(Of T).IndexOf(T)

The List(Of T) is searched forward starting at the first element and ending at the last element.

This method determines equality using the default equality comparer EqualityComparer(Of T).Default for T, the type of values in the list.

This method performs a linear search; therefore, this method is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

The following example demonstrates all three overloads of the IndexOf method. A List(Of T) of strings is created, with one entry that appears twice, at index location 0 and index location 5. The IndexOf(T) method overload searches the list from the beginning, and finds the first occurrence of the string. The IndexOf(T, Int32) method overload is used to search the list beginning with index location 3 and continuing to the end of the list, and finds the second occurrence of the string. Finally, the IndexOf(T, Int32, Int32) method overload is used to search a range of two entries, beginning at index location two; it returns –1 because there are no instances of the search string in that range.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic

Public Class Example

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim dinosaurs As New List(Of String)

        dinosaurs.Add("Tyrannosaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Amargasaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Mamenchisaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Brachiosaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Deinonychus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Tyrannosaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Compsognathus")

        Console.WriteLine()
        For Each dinosaur As String In dinosaurs
            Console.WriteLine(dinosaur)
        Next

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "IndexOf(""Tyrannosaurus""): {0}", _
            dinosaurs.IndexOf("Tyrannosaurus"))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "IndexOf(""Tyrannosaurus"", 3): {0}", _
            dinosaurs.IndexOf("Tyrannosaurus", 3))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "IndexOf(""Tyrannosaurus"", 2, 2): {0}", _
            dinosaurs.IndexOf("Tyrannosaurus", 2, 2))

    End Sub 
End Class 

' This code example produces the following output: 

'Tyrannosaurus 
'Amargasaurus 
'Mamenchisaurus 
'Brachiosaurus 
'Deinonychus 
'Tyrannosaurus 
'Compsognathus 

'IndexOf("Tyrannosaurus"): 0 

'IndexOf("Tyrannosaurus", 3): 5 

'IndexOf("Tyrannosaurus", 2, 2): -1

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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