Gets or sets the value associated with the specified key.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
private abstract Item : key:Object -> Object with get, set private override Item : key:Object -> Object with get, set
- Type: System.Object
The key whose value to get or set.
Property ValueType: System.Object
The value associated with the specified key. If the specified key is not found, attempting to get it returns a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), and attempting to set it creates a new element using the specified key.
This property provides the ability to access a specific element in the collection by using the following syntax: myCollection[key].
You can also use the Item property to add new elements by setting the value of a key that does not exist in the DictionaryBase; for example, myCollection["myNonexistentKey"] = myValue. However, if the specified key already exists in the DictionaryBase, setting the Item property overwrites the old value. In contrast, the Add method does not modify existing elements.
Retrieving the value of this property is an O(1) operation; setting the property is also an O(1) operation.