ArrayList.BinarySearch Method (Object, IComparer)
Searches the entire sorted ArrayList for an element using the specified comparer and returns the zerobased index of the element.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
Public Overridable Function BinarySearch ( value As Object, comparer As IComparer ) As Integer
Parameters
 value

Type:
System.Object
The Object to locate. The value can be null.
 comparer

Type:
System.Collections.IComparer
The IComparer implementation to use when comparing elements.
or
null to use the default comparer that is the IComparable implementation of each element.
Return Value
Type: System.Int32The zerobased index of value in the sorted ArrayList, if value is found; otherwise, a negative number, which is the bitwise complement of the index of the next element that is larger than value or, if there is no larger element, the bitwise complement of Count.
Exception  Condition 

ArgumentException  comparer is null and neither value nor the elements of ArrayList implement the IComparable interface. 
InvalidOperationException  comparer is null and value is not of the same type as the elements of the ArrayList. 
The comparer customizes how the elements are compared. For example, you can use a CaseInsensitiveComparer instance as the comparer to perform caseinsensitive string searches.
If comparer is provided, the elements of the ArrayList are compared to the specified value using the specified IComparer implementation. The elements of the ArrayList must already be sorted in increasing value according to the sort order defined by comparer; otherwise, the result might be incorrect.
If comparer is null, the comparison is done using the IComparable implementation provided by the element itself or by the specified value. The elements of the ArrayList must already be sorted in increasing value according to the sort order defined by the IComparable implementation; otherwise, the result might be incorrect.
Comparing null with any type is allowed and does not generate an exception when using IComparable. When sorting, null is considered to be less than any other object.
If the ArrayList contains more than one element with the same value, the method returns only one of the occurrences, and it might return any one of the occurrences, not necessarily the first one.
If the ArrayList does not contain the specified value, the method returns a negative integer. You can apply the bitwise complement operation (~) to this negative integer to get the index of the first element that is larger than the search value. When inserting the value into the ArrayList, this index should be used as the insertion point to maintain the sort order.
This method is an O(log n) operation, where n is Count.
The following example creates an ArrayList of colored animals. The provided IComparer performs the string comparison for the binary search. The results of both an iterative search and a binary search are displayed.
Imports System Imports System.Collections Public Class SimpleStringComparer Implements IComparer Function Compare(x As Object, y As Object) As Integer Implements IComparer.Compare Dim cmpstr As String = CType(x, String) Return cmpstr.CompareTo(CType(y, String)) End Function End Class Public Class MyArrayList Inherits ArrayList Public Shared Sub Main() ' Creates and initializes a new ArrayList. Dim coloredAnimals As New MyArrayList() coloredAnimals.Add("White Tiger") coloredAnimals.Add("Pink Bunny") coloredAnimals.Add("Red Dragon") coloredAnimals.Add("Green Frog") coloredAnimals.Add("Blue Whale") coloredAnimals.Add("Black Cat") coloredAnimals.Add("Yellow Lion") ' BinarySearch requires a sorted ArrayList. coloredAnimals.Sort() ' Compare results of an iterative search with a binary search Dim index As Integer = coloredAnimals.IterativeSearch("White Tiger") Console.WriteLine("Iterative search, item found at index: {0}", index) index = coloredAnimals.BinarySearch("White Tiger", New SimpleStringComparer()) Console.WriteLine("Binary search, item found at index: {0}", index) End Sub Public Function IterativeSearch(finditem As Object) As Integer Dim index As Integer = 1 For i As Integer = 0 To MyClass.Count  1 If finditem.Equals(MyClass.Item(i)) index = i Exit For End If Next i Return index End Function End Class ' ' This code produces the following output. ' ' Iterative search, item found at index: 5 ' Binary search, item found at index: 5 '
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1