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Enumerable::First<TSource> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>)

Returns the first element of a sequence.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assemblies:   System.Linq (in System.Linq.dll)
  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

[ExtensionAttribute]
public:
generic<typename TSource>
static TSource First(
	IEnumerable<TSource>^ source
)

Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of source.

Parameters

source
Type: System.Collections.Generic::IEnumerable<TSource>

The IEnumerable<T> to return the first element of.

Return Value

Type: TSource
The first element in the specified sequence.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable<TSource>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

source is nullptr.

InvalidOperationException

The source sequence is empty.

The First<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) method throws an exception if source contains no elements. To instead return a default value when the source sequence is empty, use the FirstOrDefault method.

The following code example demonstrates how to use First<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) to return the first element of an array.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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