ArrayList Class

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Implements the IList interface using an array whose size is dynamically increased as required.

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

[SerializableAttribute]
public ref class ArrayList : IList, 
	ICollection, IEnumerable, ICloneable

The ArrayList type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodArrayListInitializes a new instance of the ArrayList class that is empty and has the default initial capacity.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyCapacityGets or sets the number of elements that the ArrayList can contain.
Public propertyCountGets the number of elements actually contained in the ArrayList.
Public propertyIsFixedSizeGets a value indicating whether the ArrayList has a fixed size.
Public propertyIsReadOnlyGets a value indicating whether the ArrayList is read-only.
Public propertyIsSynchronizedGets a value indicating whether access to the ArrayList is synchronized (thread safe).
Public propertyItemGets or sets the element at the specified index.
Public propertySyncRootGets an object that can be used to synchronize access to the ArrayList.
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  NameDescription
Public methodAddAdds an object to the end of the ArrayList.
Public methodBinarySearchSearches the entire sorted ArrayList for an element using the specified comparer and returns the zero-based index of the element.
Public methodClearRemoves all elements from the ArrayList.
Public methodCloneCreates a shallow copy of the ArrayList.
Public methodContainsDetermines whether an element is in the ArrayList.
Public methodCopyTo(Array)Copies the entire ArrayList to a compatible one-dimensional Array, starting at the beginning of the target array.
Public methodCopyTo(Array, Int32)Copies the entire ArrayList to a compatible one-dimensional Array, starting at the specified index of the target array.
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetEnumeratorReturns an enumerator for the entire ArrayList.
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIndexOf(Object)Searches for the specified Object and returns the zero-based index of the first occurrence within the entire ArrayList.
Public methodIndexOf(Object, Int32)Searches for the specified Object and returns the zero-based index of the first occurrence within the range of elements in the ArrayList that extends from the specified index to the last element.
Public methodIndexOf(Object, Int32, Int32)Searches for the specified Object and returns the zero-based index of the first occurrence within the range of elements in the ArrayList that starts at the specified index and contains the specified number of elements.
Public methodInsertInserts an element into the ArrayList at the specified index.
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodRemoveRemoves the first occurrence of a specific object from the ArrayList.
Public methodRemoveAtRemoves the element at the specified index of the ArrayList.
Public methodToArray()()()()Copies the elements of the ArrayList to a new Object array.
Public methodToArray(Type)Copies the elements of the ArrayList to a new array of the specified element type.
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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The ArrayList is not guaranteed to be sorted. You must sort the ArrayList prior to performing operations (such as BinarySearch) that require the ArrayList to be sorted.

The capacity of a ArrayList is the number of elements the ArrayList can hold. As elements are added to an ArrayList, the capacity is automatically increased as required through reallocation. The capacity can be decreased by calling TrimToSize or by setting the Capacity property explicitly.

For very large ArrayList objects, you can increase the maximum capacity to 2 billion elements on a 64-bit system by setting the enabled attribute of the gcAllowVeryLargeObjects configuration element to true in the run-time environment.

Elements in this collection can be accessed using an integer index. Indexes in this collection are zero-based.

The ArrayList collection accepts nullNothingnullptrunita null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) as a valid value, allows duplicate elements.

Using multidimensional arrays as elements in an ArrayList collection is not supported.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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