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ArrayList.ToArray Method (Type)

Copies the elements of the ArrayList to a new array of the specified element type.

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

'Declaration
Public Overridable Function ToArray ( _
	type As Type _
) As Array

Parameters

type
Type: System.Type
The element Type of the destination array to create and copy elements to.

Return Value

Type: System.Array
An array of the specified element type containing copies of the elements of the ArrayList.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

type is Nothing.

InvalidCastException

The type of the source ArrayList cannot be cast automatically to the specified type.

All of the objects in the ArrayList object will be cast to the Type specified in the type parameter.

The elements are copied using Array.Copy, which is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

The following copy example shows how to copy the elements of an ArrayList to a string array.


Imports System
Imports System.Collections

Public Class SamplesArrayList

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        ' Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
        Dim myAL As New ArrayList()
        myAL.Add("The")
        myAL.Add("quick")
        myAL.Add("brown")
        myAL.Add("fox")
        myAL.Add("jumped")
        myAL.Add("over")
        myAL.Add("the")
        myAL.Add("lazy")
        myAL.Add("dog")

        ' Displays the values of the ArrayList.
        Console.WriteLine("The ArrayList contains the following values:")
        PrintIndexAndValues(myAL)

        ' Copies the elements of the ArrayList to a string array.
        Dim myArr As String() = CType(myAL.ToArray(GetType(String)), String())

        ' Displays the contents of the string array.
        Console.WriteLine("The string array contains the following values:")
        PrintIndexAndValues(myArr)

    End Sub 'Main

    Overloads Public Shared Sub PrintIndexAndValues(myList As ArrayList)
        Dim i As Integer = 0
        Dim o As [Object]
        For Each o In  myList
            Console.WriteLine("        [{0}]:    {1}", i, o)
            i = i + 1
        Next o
        Console.WriteLine()
    End Sub 'PrintIndexAndValues

    Overloads Public Shared Sub PrintIndexAndValues(myArr() As String)
        Dim i As Integer
        For i = 0 To myArr.Length - 1
            Console.WriteLine("        [{0}]:    {1}", i, myArr(i))
        Next i
        Console.WriteLine()
    End Sub 'PrintIndexAndValues

End Class 'SamplesArrayList


'This code produces the following output.
'
'The ArrayList contains the following values:
'        [0]:    The
'        [1]:    quick
'        [2]:    brown
'        [3]:    fox
'        [4]:    jumped
'        [5]:    over
'        [6]:    the
'        [7]:    lazy
'        [8]:    dog
'
'The string array contains the following values:
'        [0]:    The
'        [1]:    quick
'        [2]:    brown
'        [3]:    fox
'        [4]:    jumped
'        [5]:    over
'        [6]:    the
'        [7]:    lazy
'        [8]:    dog



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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