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ArrayList::ReadOnly Method (ArrayList)

Returns a read-only ArrayList wrapper.

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

public:
static ArrayList^ ReadOnly(
	ArrayList^ list
)

Parameters

list
Type: System.Collections::ArrayList

The ArrayList to wrap.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections::ArrayList
A read-only ArrayList wrapper around list.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

list is nullptr.

To prevent any modifications to list, expose list only through this wrapper.

A collection that is read-only is simply a collection with a wrapper that prevents modifying the collection. If changes are made to the underlying collection, the read-only collection reflects those changes.

This method is an O(1) operation.

The following code example shows how to create a read-only wrapper around an ArrayList and how to determine if an ArrayList is read-only.

#using <system.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
int main()
{

   // Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
   ArrayList^ myAL = gcnew ArrayList;
   myAL->Add( "red" );
   myAL->Add( "orange" );
   myAL->Add( "yellow" );

   // Creates a read-only copy of the ArrayList.
   ArrayList^ myReadOnlyAL = ArrayList::ReadOnly( myAL );

   // Displays whether the ArrayList is read-only or writable.
   Console::WriteLine( "myAL is {0}.", myAL->IsReadOnly ? (String^)"read-only" : "writable" );
   Console::WriteLine( "myReadOnlyAL is {0}.", myReadOnlyAL->IsReadOnly ? (String^)"read-only" : "writable" );

   // Displays the contents of both collections.
   Console::WriteLine( "\nInitially," );
   Console::WriteLine( "The original ArrayList myAL contains:" );
   for ( int i(0); i < myAL->Count; ++i )
      Console::WriteLine(  "   {0}", static_cast<String^>(myAL[ i ]) );
   Console::WriteLine( "The read-only ArrayList myReadOnlyAL contains:" );
   for ( int i(0); i < myReadOnlyAL->Count; ++i )
      Console::WriteLine( "   {0}", static_cast<String^>(myReadOnlyAL[ i ]) );

   // Adding an element to a read-only ArrayList throws an exception.
   Console::WriteLine( "\nTrying to add a new element to the read-only ArrayList:" );
   try
   {
      myReadOnlyAL->Add( "green" );
   }
   catch ( Exception^ myException ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( String::Concat( "Exception: ", myException->ToString() ) );
   }


   // Adding an element to the original ArrayList affects the read-only ArrayList.
   myAL->Add( "blue" );

   // Displays the contents of both collections again.
   Console::WriteLine( "\nAfter adding a new element to the original ArrayList," );
   Console::WriteLine( "The original ArrayList myAL contains:" );
   for ( int i(0); i < myAL->Count; ++i )
      Console::WriteLine( "   {0}", static_cast<String^>(myAL[ i ]) );
   Console::WriteLine( "The read-only ArrayList myReadOnlyAL contains:" );
   for ( int i(0); i < myReadOnlyAL->Count; ++i )
      Console::WriteLine( "   {0}", static_cast<String^>(myReadOnlyAL[ i ]) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

myAL is writable.
myReadOnlyAL is read-only.

Initially,
The original ArrayList myAL contains:
   red
   orange
   yellow
The read-only ArrayList myReadOnlyAL contains:
   red
   orange
   yellow

Trying to add a new element to the read-only ArrayList:
Exception: System.NotSupportedException: Collection is read-only.
   at System.Collections.ReadOnlyArrayList.Add(Object obj)
   at SamplesArrayList.Main()

After adding a new element to the original ArrayList,
The original ArrayList myAL contains:
   red
   orange
   yellow
   blue
The read-only ArrayList myReadOnlyAL contains:
   red
   orange
   yellow
   blue

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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