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SortedList(Of TKey, TValue).Add Method

Adds an element with the specified key and value into the SortedList(Of TKey, TValue).

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

Public Sub Add ( _
	key As TKey, _
	value As TValue _


Type: TKey
The key of the element to add.
Type: TValue
The value of the element to add. The value can be Nothing for reference types.


IDictionary(Of TKey, TValue).Add(TKey, TValue)


key is Nothing.


An element with the same key already exists in the SortedList(Of TKey, TValue).

A key cannot be Nothing, but a value can be, if the type of values in the sorted list, TValue, is a reference type.

You can also use the Item property to add new elements by setting the value of a key that does not exist in the SortedList(Of TKey, TValue); for example, myCollection["myNonexistentKey"] = myValue. However, if the specified key already exists in the SortedList(Of TKey, TValue), setting the Item property overwrites the old value. In contrast, the Add method does not modify existing elements.

If Count already equals Capacity, the capacity of the SortedList(Of TKey, TValue) is increased by automatically reallocating the internal array, and the existing elements are copied to the new array before the new element is added.

This method is an O(n) operation for unsorted data, where n is Count. It is an O(log n) operation if the new element is added at the end of the list. If insertion causes a resize, the operation is O(n).

The following code example creates an empty SortedList(Of TKey, TValue) of strings with string keys and uses the Add method to add some elements. The example demonstrates that the Add method throws an ArgumentException when attempting to add a duplicate key.

This code example is part of a larger example provided for the SortedList(Of TKey, TValue) class.

' Create a new sorted list of strings, with string 
' keys. 
Dim openWith As New SortedList(Of String, String)

' Add some elements to the list. There are no 
' duplicate keys, but some of the values are duplicates.
openWith.Add("txt", "notepad.exe")
openWith.Add("bmp", "paint.exe")
openWith.Add("dib", "paint.exe")
openWith.Add("rtf", "wordpad.exe")

' The Add method throws an exception if the new key is 
' already in the list.
    openWith.Add("txt", "winword.exe")
    Console.WriteLine("An element with Key = ""txt"" already exists.")
End Try

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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.