Dictionary<TKey, TValue> Constructor (IEqualityComparer<TKey>)

Initializes a new instance of the Dictionary<TKey, TValue> class that is empty, has the default initial capacity, and uses the specified IEqualityComparer<T>.

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

public Dictionary(
	IEqualityComparer<TKey> comparer
)

Parameters

comparer
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer<TKey>
The IEqualityComparer<T> implementation to use when comparing keys, or null to use the default EqualityComparer<T> for the type of the key.

Use this constructor with the case-insensitive string comparers provided by the StringComparer class to create dictionaries with case-insensitive string keys.

Every key in a Dictionary<TKey, TValue> must be unique according to the specified comparer.

Dictionary<TKey, TValue> requires an equality implementation to determine whether keys are equal. If comparer is null, this constructor uses the default generic equality comparer, EqualityComparer<T>.Default. If type TKey implements the System.IEquatable<T> generic interface, the default equality comparer uses that implementation.

NoteNote:

If you can estimate the size of the collection, using a constructor that specifies the initial capacity eliminates the need to perform a number of resizing operations while adding elements to the Dictionary<TKey, TValue>.

This constructor is an O(1) operation.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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