BaseGet Method (String)
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NameObjectCollectionBase.BaseGet Method (String)

Gets the value of the first entry with the specified key from the NameObjectCollectionBase instance.

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

protected Object BaseGet(
	string name


Type: System.String

The String key of the entry to get. The key can be null.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
An Object that represents the value of the first entry with the specified key, if found; otherwise, null.

If the collection contains multiple entries with the specified key, this method returns only the first entry. To get the values of subsequent entries with the same key, use the enumerator to iterate through the collection and compare the keys.

Caution noteCaution:

This method returns null in the following cases: 1) if the specified key is not found; and 2) if the specified key is found and its associated value is null. This method does not distinguish between the two cases.

This method is an O(1) operation.

The following code example uses BaseGetKey and BaseGet to get specific keys and values.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Specialized;

public class MyCollection : NameObjectCollectionBase  {

   private DictionaryEntry _de = new DictionaryEntry();

   // Gets a key-and-value pair (DictionaryEntry) using an index. 
   public DictionaryEntry this[ int index ]  {
      get  {
         _de.Key = this.BaseGetKey( index );
         _de.Value = this.BaseGet( index );
         return( _de );

   // Gets or sets the value associated with the specified key. 
   public Object this[ String key ]  {
      get  {
         return( this.BaseGet( key ) );
      set  {
         this.BaseSet( key, value );

   // Adds elements from an IDictionary into the new collection. 
   public MyCollection( IDictionary d )  {
      foreach ( DictionaryEntry de in d )  {
         this.BaseAdd( (String) de.Key, de.Value );


public class SamplesNameObjectCollectionBase  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new MyCollection instance.
      IDictionary d = new ListDictionary();
      d.Add( "red", "apple" );
      d.Add( "yellow", "banana" );
      d.Add( "green", "pear" );
      MyCollection myCol = new MyCollection( d );
      Console.WriteLine( "Initial state of the collection (Count = {0}):", myCol.Count );
      PrintKeysAndValues( myCol );

      // Gets specific keys and values.
      Console.WriteLine( "The key at index 0 is {0}.", myCol[0].Key );
      Console.WriteLine( "The value at index 0 is {0}.", myCol[0].Value );
      Console.WriteLine( "The value associated with the key \"green\" is {0}.", myCol["green"] );


   public static void PrintKeysAndValues( MyCollection myCol )  {
      for ( int i = 0; i < myCol.Count; i++ )  {
         Console.WriteLine( "[{0}] : {1}, {2}", i, myCol[i].Key, myCol[i].Value );


This code produces the following output.

Initial state of the collection (Count = 3):
[0] : red, apple
[1] : yellow, banana
[2] : green, pear
The key at index 0 is red.
The value at index 0 is apple.
The value associated with the key "green" is pear.


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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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