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ICollection.IsSynchronized Property

Gets a value indicating whether access to the ICollection is synchronized (thread safe).

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

bool IsSynchronized { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if access to the ICollection is synchronized (thread safe); otherwise, false.

SyncRoot returns an object, which can be used to synchronize access to the ICollection.

Most collection classes in the System.Collections namespace also implement a Synchronized method, which provides a synchronized wrapper around the underlying collection.

Enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread-safe procedure. Even when a collection is synchronized, other threads can still modify the collection, which causes the enumerator to throw an exception. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can either lock the collection during the entire enumeration or catch the exceptions resulting from changes made by other threads.

The following code example shows how to lock the collection using the SyncRoot property during the entire enumeration.

[Visual Basic, C#]

ICollection myCollection;
// Instantiate and populate the collection
  lock(myCollection.SyncRoot) {
  foreach (Object item in myCollection) {
  // Insert your code here.
  }
 }

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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