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StringDictionary.ContainsValue Method

Determines if the StringDictionary contains a specific value.

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

Public Overridable Function ContainsValue ( _
	value As String _
) As Boolean


Type: System.String

The value to locate in the StringDictionary. The value can be Nothing.

Return Value

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

The values of the elements of the StringDictionary are compared to the specified value using the Object.Equals method.

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.

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 code example searches for an element in a StringDictionary.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections
Imports System.Collections.Specialized

Public Class SamplesStringDictionary   

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Creates and initializes a new StringDictionary. 
      Dim myCol As New StringDictionary()
      myCol.Add("red", "rojo")
      myCol.Add("green", "verde")
      myCol.Add("blue", "azul")

      ' Displays the values in the StringDictionary.
      Console.WriteLine("Initial contents of the StringDictionary:")

      ' Searches for a key. 
      If myCol.ContainsKey("red") Then
         Console.WriteLine("The collection contains the key ""red"".")
         Console.WriteLine("The collection does not contain the key ""red"".")
      End If

      ' Searches for a value. 
      If myCol.ContainsValue("amarillo") Then
         Console.WriteLine("The collection contains the value ""amarillo"".")
         Console.WriteLine("The collection does not contain the value ""amarillo"".")
      End If

   End Sub 'Main

   Public Shared Sub PrintKeysAndValues(myCol As StringDictionary)
      Dim de As DictionaryEntry

      Console.WriteLine("   KEY        VALUE")
      For Each de In  myCol
         Console.WriteLine("   {0,-10} {1}", de.Key, de.Value)
      Next de

   End Sub 'PrintKeysAndValues

End Class 'SamplesStringDictionary 

'This code produces the following output. 

'Initial contents of the StringDictionary: 
'   KEY        VALUE 
'   green      verde 
'   red        rojo 
'   blue       azul 

'The collection contains the key "red". 

'The collection does not contain the value "amarillo".

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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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