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Collection<T>.Contains Method

Determines whether an element is in the Collection<T>.

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

public bool Contains(
	T item
)

Parameters

item
Type: T
The object to locate in the Collection<T>. The value can be null for reference types.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if item is found in the Collection<T>; otherwise, false.

Implements

ICollection<T>.Contains(T)

If the Collection<T> object is created using the default constructor, this method determines equality using the default equality comparer EqualityComparer<T>.Default for T, the type of values in the list. If type T does not implement the IEquatable<T> interface, the Equals method is used.

If the Collection object is created by passing an IList<T> object to the constructor, the Contains method will be determined by the IEqualityComparer<T> interface used by that IList<T> object.

This method performs a linear search; therefore, the average execution time is proportional to Count. That is, this method is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

The following code example demonstrates many of the properties and methods of Collection<T>. The code example creates a collection of strings, uses the Add method to add several strings, displays the Count, and lists the strings. The example uses the IndexOf method to find the index of a string and the Contains method to determine whether a string is in the collection. The example inserts a string using the Insert method and retrieves and sets strings using the default Item property (the indexer in C#). The example removes strings by string identity using the Remove method and by index using the RemoveAt method. Finally, the Clear method is used to clear all strings from the collection.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;

public class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      Collection<string> dinosaurs = new Collection<string>();

      dinosaurs.Add("Psitticosaurus");
      dinosaurs.Add("Caudipteryx");
      dinosaurs.Add("Compsognathus");
      dinosaurs.Add("Muttaburrasaurus");

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0} dinosaurs:", dinosaurs.Count) + "\n";
      Display(outputBlock, dinosaurs);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\nIndexOf(\"Muttaburrasaurus\"): {0}",
          dinosaurs.IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus")) + "\n";

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\nContains(\"Caudipteryx\"): {0}",
          dinosaurs.Contains("Caudipteryx")) + "\n";

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\nInsert(2, \"Nanotyrannus\")") + "\n";
      dinosaurs.Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus");
      Display(outputBlock, dinosaurs);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\ndinosaurs[2]: {0}", dinosaurs[2]) + "\n";

      outputBlock.Text += "\ndinosaurs[2] = \"Microraptor\"" + "\n";
      dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor";
      Display(outputBlock, dinosaurs);

      outputBlock.Text += "\nRemove(\"Microraptor\")" + "\n";
      dinosaurs.Remove("Microraptor");
      Display(outputBlock, dinosaurs);

      outputBlock.Text += "\nRemoveAt(0)" + "\n";
      dinosaurs.RemoveAt(0);
      Display(outputBlock, dinosaurs);

      outputBlock.Text += "\ndinosaurs.Clear()" + "\n";
      dinosaurs.Clear();
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Count: {0}", dinosaurs.Count) + "\n";
   }

   private static void Display(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, Collection<string> cs)
   {
      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      foreach (string item in cs)
      {
         outputBlock.Text += item + "\n";
      }
   }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

4 dinosaurs:

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"): 3

Contains("Caudipteryx"): True

Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Nanotyrannus
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs[2]: Nanotyrannus

dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor"

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Microraptor
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

Remove("Microraptor")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

RemoveAt(0)

Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs.Clear()
Count: 0
 */


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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