Array.CreateInstance Method (Type, Int64())

Creates a multidimensional Array of the specified Type and dimension lengths, with zero-based indexing. The dimension lengths are specified in an array of 64-bit integers.

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

'Declaration
Public Shared Function CreateInstance ( _
	elementType As Type, _
	ParamArray lengths As Long() _
) As Array

Parameters

elementType
Type: System.Type
The Type of the Array to create.
lengths
Type: System.Int64()
An array of 64-bit integers that represent the size of each dimension of the Array to create. Each integer in the array must be between zero and Int32.MaxValue, inclusive.

Return Value

Type: System.Array
A new multidimensional Array of the specified Type with the specified length for each dimension, using zero-based indexing.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

elementType is Nothing.

-or-

lengths is Nothing.

ArgumentException

elementType is not a valid Type.

-or-

The lengths array contains less than one element.

NotSupportedException

elementType is not supported. For example, Void is not supported.

-or-

elementType is an open generic type.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

Any value in lengths is less than zero or greater than Int32.MaxValue.

Unlike most classes, Array provides the CreateInstance method, instead of public constructors, to allow for late bound access.

The number of elements in the lengths array must equal the number of dimensions in the new Array. Each element of the lengths array must specify the length of the corresponding dimension in the new Array.

Reference-type elements are initialized to Nothing. Value-type elements are initialized to zero.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is the product of all values in lengths.

The following code example shows how to create and initialize a multidimensional Array.


Imports System
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class SamplesArray    

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        ' Creates and initializes a multidimensional Array of type String.
        Dim myLengthsArray() As Integer = {2, 3, 4, 5}
        Dim my4DArray As Array = Array.CreateInstance(GetType(String), myLengthsArray)
        Dim i, j, k, l As Integer
        Dim myIndicesArray() As Integer
        For i = my4DArray.GetLowerBound(0) To my4DArray.GetUpperBound(0)
            For j = my4DArray.GetLowerBound(1) To my4DArray.GetUpperBound(1)
                For k = my4DArray.GetLowerBound(2) To my4DArray.GetUpperBound(2)
                    For l = my4DArray.GetLowerBound(3) To my4DArray.GetUpperBound(3)
                        myIndicesArray = New Integer() {i, j, k, l}
                        my4DArray.SetValue(Convert.ToString(i) + j.ToString() _
                           + k.ToString() + l.ToString(), myIndicesArray)
                    Next l
                Next k 
            Next j
        Next i

        ' Displays the values of the Array.
        Console.WriteLine("The four-dimensional Array contains the following values:")
        PrintValues(my4DArray)
    End Sub


    Public Shared Sub PrintValues(myArr As Array)
        Dim myEnumerator As System.Collections.IEnumerator = myArr.GetEnumerator()
        Dim i As Integer = 0
        Dim cols As Integer = myArr.GetLength(myArr.Rank - 1)
        While myEnumerator.MoveNext()
            If i < cols Then
                i += 1
            Else
                Console.WriteLine()
                i = 1
            End If
            Console.Write(ControlChars.Tab + "{0}", myEnumerator.Current)
        End While
        Console.WriteLine()
    End Sub
End Class

' This code produces the following output.
' 
' The four-dimensional Array contains the following values:
'     0000    0001    0002    0003    0004
'     0010    0011    0012    0013    0014
'     0020    0021    0022    0023    0024
'     0030    0031    0032    0033    0034
'     0100    0101    0102    0103    0104
'     0110    0111    0112    0113    0114
'     0120    0121    0122    0123    0124
'     0130    0131    0132    0133    0134
'     0200    0201    0202    0203    0204
'     0210    0211    0212    0213    0214
'     0220    0221    0222    0223    0224
'     0230    0231    0232    0233    0234
'     1000    1001    1002    1003    1004
'     1010    1011    1012    1013    1014
'     1020    1021    1022    1023    1024
'     1030    1031    1032    1033    1034
'     1100    1101    1102    1103    1104
 '    1110    1111    1112    1113    1114
'     1120    1121    1122    1123    1124
'     1130    1131    1132    1133    1134
'     1200    1201    1202    1203    1204
'     1210    1211    1212    1213    1214
'     1220    1221    1222    1223    1224
'     1230    1231    1232    1233    1234


.NET Framework

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

.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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