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IEnumerator.MoveNext Method

Advances the enumerator to the next element of the collection.

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

'Declaration
Function MoveNext As Boolean
'Usage
Dim instance As IEnumerator 
Dim returnValue As Boolean 

returnValue = instance.MoveNext()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the enumerator was successfully advanced to the next element; false if the enumerator has passed the end of the collection.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

The collection was modified after the enumerator was created.

After an enumerator is created or after the Reset method is called, an enumerator is positioned before the first element of the collection, and the first call to the MoveNext method moves the enumerator over the first element of the collection.

If MoveNext passes the end of the collection, the enumerator is positioned after the last element in the collection and MoveNext returns false. When the enumerator is at this position, subsequent calls to MoveNext also return false until Reset is called.

An enumerator remains valid as long as the collection remains unchanged. If changes are made to the collection, such as adding, modifying, or deleting elements, the enumerator is irrecoverably invalidated and the next call to MoveNext or Reset throws an InvalidOperationException.

The following code example demonstrates the implementation of the IEnumerator interfaces for a custom collection. In this example, MoveNext is not explicitly called, but it is implemented to support the use of foreach (for each in Visual Basic). This code example is part of a larger example for the IEnumerator interface.

Public Class PeopleEnum
    Implements IEnumerator

    Public _people() As Person

    ' Enumerators are positioned before the first element 
    ' until the first MoveNext() call. 
    Dim position As Integer = -1

    Public Sub New(ByVal list() As Person)
        _people = list
    End Sub 

    Public Function MoveNext() As Boolean Implements IEnumerator.MoveNext
        position = position + 1
        Return (position < _people.Length)
    End Function 

    Public Sub Reset() Implements IEnumerator.Reset
        position = -1
    End Sub 

    Public ReadOnly Property Current() As Object Implements IEnumerator.Current
        Get 
            Try 
                Return _people(position)
            Catch ex As IndexOutOfRangeException
                Throw New InvalidOperationException()
            End Try 
        End Get 
    End Property 
End Class

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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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