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ReadOnlyCollection<T>::Items Property

Returns the IList<T> that the ReadOnlyCollection<T> wraps.

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

protected:
property IList<T>^ Items {
	IList<T>^ get ();
}

Property Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic::IList<T>
The IList<T> that the ReadOnlyCollection<T> wraps.

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

Notes to Inheritors

This property is provided to allow direct access to members of the IList<T> that the ReadOnlyCollection<T> hides.

The following code example demonstrates several members of the ReadOnlyCollection<T> class. The code example creates a List<T> of strings and adds four dinosaur names to it. The code example then wraps the list in a ReadOnlyCollection<T>.

After demonstrating the Count, Contains, Item, and IList::IndexOf members, the code example shows that the ReadOnlyCollection<T> is just a wrapper for the original List<T> by adding a new item to the List<T> and displaying the contents of the ReadOnlyCollection<T>.

Finally, the code example creates an array larger than the collection and uses the CopyTo method to insert the elements of the collection into the middle of the array.


using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections::Generic;
using namespace System::Collections::ObjectModel;

void main()
{
    List<String^>^ dinosaurs = gcnew List<String^>();

    dinosaurs->Add("Tyrannosaurus");
    dinosaurs->Add("Amargasaurus");
    dinosaurs->Add("Deinonychus");
    dinosaurs->Add("Compsognathus");

    ReadOnlyCollection<String^>^ readOnlyDinosaurs = 
        gcnew ReadOnlyCollection<String^>(dinosaurs);

    Console::WriteLine();
    for each(String^ dinosaur in readOnlyDinosaurs )
    {
        Console::WriteLine(dinosaur);
    }

    Console::WriteLine("\nCount: {0}", readOnlyDinosaurs->Count);

    Console::WriteLine("\nContains(\"Deinonychus\"): {0}", 
        readOnlyDinosaurs->Contains("Deinonychus"));

    Console::WriteLine("\nreadOnlyDinosaurs[3]: {0}", 
        readOnlyDinosaurs[3]);

    Console::WriteLine("\nIndexOf(\"Compsognathus\"): {0}", 
        readOnlyDinosaurs->IndexOf("Compsognathus"));

    Console::WriteLine("\nInsert into the wrapped List:");
    Console::WriteLine("Insert(2, \"Oviraptor\")");
    dinosaurs->Insert(2, "Oviraptor");

    Console::WriteLine();
    for each( String^ dinosaur in readOnlyDinosaurs )
    {
        Console::WriteLine(dinosaur);
    }

    array<String^>^ dinoArray = 
        gcnew array<String^>(readOnlyDinosaurs->Count + 2);
    readOnlyDinosaurs->CopyTo(dinoArray, 1);

    Console::WriteLine("\nCopied array has {0} elements:", 
        dinoArray->Length);
    for each( String^ dinosaur in dinoArray )
    {
        Console::WriteLine("\"{0}\"", dinosaur);
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Deinonychus
Compsognathus

Count: 4

Contains("Deinonychus"): True

readOnlyDinosaurs[3]: Compsognathus

IndexOf("Compsognathus"): 3

Insert into the wrapped List:
Insert(2, "Oviraptor")

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Oviraptor
Deinonychus
Compsognathus

Copied array has 7 elements:
""
"Tyrannosaurus"
"Amargasaurus"
"Oviraptor"
"Deinonychus"
"Compsognathus"
""
 */


.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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