SortedDictionary.System.Collections.IDictionary.Values Property

Gets an ICollection containing the values in the IDictionary.

Namespace: System.Collections.Generic
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

ICollection IDictionary.Values { get; }
Not applicable.

Property Value

An ICollection containing the values in the IDictionary.

The values in the returned ICollection are sorted according to the Comparer property, and are guaranteed to be in the same order as the corresponding keys in the ICollection returned by the Keys property.

Getting the value of this property is an O(1) operation.

The following code example shows how to use the System.Collections.IDictionary.Values property of the System.Collections.IDictionary interface with a SortedDictionary, to list the values in the dictionary. The example also shows how to enumerate the key/value pairs in the dictionary; note that the enumerator for the System.Collections.IDictionary interface returns DictionaryEntry objects rather than KeyValuePair objects.

The code example is part of a larger example, including output, provided for the System.Collections.IDictionary.Add method.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class Example
    public static void Main()
        // Create a new sorted dictionary of strings, with string keys,
        // and access it using the IDictionary interface.
        IDictionary openWith = new SortedDictionary<string, string>();

        // Add some elements to the dictionary. There are no 
        // duplicate keys, but some of the values are duplicates.
        // IDictionary.Add throws an exception if incorrect types
        // are supplied for key or value.
        openWith.Add("txt", "notepad.exe");
        openWith.Add("bmp", "paint.exe");
        openWith.Add("dib", "paint.exe");
        openWith.Add("rtf", "wordpad.exe");


        // To get the values alone, use the Values property.
        ICollection icoll = openWith.Values;

        // The elements of the collection are strongly typed
        // with the type that was specified for dictionary values,
        // even though the ICollection interface is not strongly
        // typed.
        foreach( string s in icoll )
            Console.WriteLine("Value = {0}", s);


        // When you use foreach to enumerate dictionary elements
        // with the IDictionary interface, the elements are retrieved
        // as DictionaryEntry objects instead of KeyValuePair objects.
        foreach( DictionaryEntry de in openWith )
            Console.WriteLine("Key = {0}, Value = {1}", 
                de.Key, de.Value);



Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0