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Dictionary<TKey, TValue> Constructor (IEqualityComparer<TKey>)

Initializes a new instance of the Dictionary<TKey, TValue> class that is empty, has the default initial capacity, and uses the specified IEqualityComparer<T>.

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

public Dictionary(
	IEqualityComparer<TKey> comparer
)

Parameters

comparer
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer<TKey>

The IEqualityComparer<T> implementation to use when comparing keys, or null to use the default EqualityComparer<T> for the type of the key.

Use this constructor with the case-insensitive string comparers provided by the StringComparer class to create dictionaries with case-insensitive string keys.

Every key in a Dictionary<TKey, TValue> must be unique according to the specified comparer.

Dictionary<TKey, TValue> requires an equality implementation to determine whether keys are equal. If comparer is null, this constructor uses the default generic equality comparer, EqualityComparer<T>.Default. If type TKey implements the System.IEquatable<T> generic interface, the default equality comparer uses that implementation.

NoteNote

If you can estimate the size of the collection, using a constructor that specifies the initial capacity eliminates the need to perform a number of resizing operations while adding elements to the Dictionary<TKey, TValue>.

This constructor is an O(1) operation.

The following code example creates a Dictionary<TKey, TValue> with a case-insensitive equality comparer for the current culture. The example adds four elements, some with lower-case keys and some with upper-case keys. The example then attempts to add an element with a key that differs from an existing key only by case, catches the resulting exception, and displays an error message. Finally, the example displays the elements in the dictionary.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        // Create a new Dictionary of strings, with string keys  
        // and a case-insensitive comparer for the current culture.
        Dictionary<string, string> openWith = 
                      new Dictionary<string, string>( 
                          StringComparer.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase);

        // Add some elements to the dictionary.
        openWith.Add("txt", "notepad.exe");
        openWith.Add("bmp", "paint.exe");
        openWith.Add("DIB", "paint.exe");
        openWith.Add("rtf", "wordpad.exe");

        // Try to add a fifth element with a key that is the same  
        // except for case; this would be allowed with the default 
        // comparer. 
        try
        {
            openWith.Add("BMP", "paint.exe");
        }
        catch (ArgumentException)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("\nBMP is already in the dictionary.");
        }

        // List the contents of the sorted dictionary.
        Console.WriteLine();
        foreach( KeyValuePair<string, string> kvp in openWith )
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Key = {0}, Value = {1}", kvp.Key, 
                kvp.Value);
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

BMP is already in the dictionary.

Key = txt, Value = notepad.exe
Key = bmp, Value = paint.exe
Key = DIB, Value = paint.exe
Key = rtf, Value = wordpad.exe
 */

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, 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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