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Hashtable::Contains Method

Determines whether the Hashtable contains a specific key.

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

public:
virtual bool Contains(
	Object^ key
)

Parameters

key
Type: System::Object
The key to locate in the Hashtable.

Return Value

Type: System::Boolean
true if the Hashtable contains an element with the specified key; otherwise, false.

Implements

IDictionary::Contains(Object)

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

key is nullptr.

Contains implements IDictionary::Contains. It behaves exactly as ContainsKey.

This method is an O(1) operation.

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, this method uses the collection’s objects’ Equals and CompareTo methods on item to determine whether item exists. In the earlier versions of the .NET Framework, this determination was made by using the Equals and CompareTo methods of the item parameter on the objects in the collection.

The following example shows how to determine whether the Hashtable contains a specific element.


using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
void PrintIndexAndKeysAndValues( Hashtable^ myHT );
int main()
{

   // Creates and initializes a new Hashtable.
   Hashtable^ myHT = gcnew Hashtable;
   myHT->Add( (int^)0, "zero" );
   myHT->Add( 1, "one" );
   myHT->Add( 2, "two" );
   myHT->Add( 3, "three" );
   myHT->Add( 4, "four" );

   // Displays the values of the Hashtable.
   Console::WriteLine( "The Hashtable contains the following values:" );
   PrintIndexAndKeysAndValues( myHT );

   // Searches for a specific key.
   int myKey = 2;
   Console::WriteLine( "The key \"{0}\" is {1}.", myKey, myHT->ContainsKey( myKey ) ? (String^)"in the Hashtable" : "NOT in the Hashtable" );
   myKey = 6;
   Console::WriteLine( "The key \"{0}\" is {1}.", myKey, myHT->ContainsKey( myKey ) ? (String^)"in the Hashtable" : "NOT in the Hashtable" );

   // Searches for a specific value.
   String^ myValue = "three";
   Console::WriteLine( "The value \"{0}\" is {1}.", myValue, myHT->ContainsValue( myValue ) ? (String^)"in the Hashtable" : "NOT in the Hashtable" );
   myValue = "nine";
   Console::WriteLine( "The value \"{0}\" is {1}.", myValue, myHT->ContainsValue( myValue ) ? (String^)"in the Hashtable" : "NOT in the Hashtable" );
}

void PrintIndexAndKeysAndValues( Hashtable^ myHT )
{
   int i = 0;
   Console::WriteLine( "\t-INDEX-\t-KEY-\t-VALUE-" );
   IEnumerator^ myEnum = myHT->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
   {
      DictionaryEntry de =  *safe_cast<DictionaryEntry ^>(myEnum->Current);
      Console::WriteLine( "\t[{0}]:\t{1}\t{2}", i++, de.Key, de.Value );
   }

   Console::WriteLine();
}

/* 
 This code produces the following output.

 The Hashtable contains the following values:
         -INDEX- -KEY-   -VALUE-
         [0]:    4       four
         [1]:    3       three
         [2]:    2       two
         [3]:    1       one
         [4]:    0       zero

 The key "2" is in the Hashtable.
 The key "6" is NOT in the Hashtable.
 The value "three" is in the Hashtable.
 The value "nine" is NOT in the Hashtable.

 */


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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