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Hashtable Constructor ()

.NET Framework 1.1

Creates an empty Hashtable with the default initial capacity and using the default load factor, the default hash code provider and the default comparer.

[Visual Basic]
Public Sub New()
public Hashtable();
public: Hashtable();
public function Hashtable();


A hashtable's capacity is used to calculate the optimal number of hashtable buckets based on the load factor. The default initial capacity is zero. Capacity is automatically increased as required.

The load factor is the maximum ratio of elements to buckets. A smaller load factor means faster lookup at the cost of increased memory consumption. The default load factor is 1.0, which is the best balance between speed and size.

When the actual load factor reaches the load factor, the number of buckets is automatically increased to the smallest prime number that is larger than twice the current number of buckets.

The hash code provider dispenses hash codes for keys in the Hashtable. The default hash code provider is the key's implementation of Object.GetHashCode.

The comparer determines whether two keys are equal. Every key in a Hashtable must be unique. The default comparer is the key's implementation of Object.Equals.


Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework, Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) Standard

See Also

Hashtable Class | Hashtable Members | System.Collections Namespace | Hashtable Constructor Overload List | Object.GetHashCode | Object.Equals