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Collection(Of T).InsertItem Method

Inserts an element into the Collection(Of T) at the specified index.

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

Protected Overridable Sub InsertItem ( _
	index As Integer, _
	item As T _
Dim index As Integer 
Dim item As T

Me.InsertItem(index, item)


Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index at which item should be inserted.

Type: T

The object to insert. The value can be Nothing for reference types.


index is less than zero.


index is greater than Count.

Collection(Of T) accepts Nothing as a valid value for reference types and allows duplicate elements.

If index is equal to Count, item is added to the end of Collection(Of T).

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

The following code example shows how to derive a collection class from a constructed type of the Collection(Of T) generic class, and how to override the protected InsertItem, RemoveItem, ClearItems, and SetItem methods to provide custom behavior for the Add, Insert, Remove, and Clear methods, and for setting the Item property.

The custom behavior provided by this example is a Changed notification event that is raised at the end of each of the protected methods. The Dinosaurs class inherits Collection<string> (Collection(Of String) in Visual Basic) and defines the Changed event, which uses a DinosaursChangedEventArgs class for the event information, and an enumeration to identify the kind of change.

The code example calls several properties and methods of Collection(Of T) to demonstrate the custom event.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Collections.ObjectModel

Public Class Dinosaurs
    Inherits Collection(Of String)

    Public Event Changed As EventHandler(Of DinosaursChangedEventArgs)

    Protected Overrides Sub InsertItem( _
        ByVal index As Integer, ByVal newItem As String)

        MyBase.InsertItem(index, newItem)

        RaiseEvent Changed(Me, New DinosaursChangedEventArgs( _
            ChangeType.Added, newItem, Nothing))
    End Sub 

    Protected Overrides Sub SetItem(ByVal index As Integer, _
        ByVal newItem As String)

        Dim replaced As String = Items(index)
        MyBase.SetItem(index, newItem)

        RaiseEvent Changed(Me, New DinosaursChangedEventArgs( _
            ChangeType.Replaced, replaced, newItem))
    End Sub 

    Protected Overrides Sub RemoveItem(ByVal index As Integer)

        Dim removedItem As String = Items(index)

        RaiseEvent Changed(Me, New DinosaursChangedEventArgs( _
            ChangeType.Removed, removedItem, Nothing))
    End Sub 

    Protected Overrides Sub ClearItems()

        RaiseEvent Changed(Me, New DinosaursChangedEventArgs( _
            ChangeType.Cleared, Nothing, Nothing))
    End Sub 

End Class 

' Event argument for the Changed event. 

Public Class DinosaursChangedEventArgs
    Inherits EventArgs

    Public ReadOnly ChangedItem As String 
    Public ReadOnly ChangeType As ChangeType
    Public ReadOnly ReplacedWith As String 

    Public Sub New(ByVal change As ChangeType, ByVal item As String, _
        ByVal replacement As String)

        ChangeType = change
        ChangedItem = item
        ReplacedWith = replacement
    End Sub 
End Class 

Public Enum ChangeType
End Enum 

Public Class Demo

    Public Shared Sub Main() 

        Dim dinosaurs As New Dinosaurs

        AddHandler dinosaurs.Changed, AddressOf ChangedHandler



        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "IndexOf(""Muttaburrasaurus""): {0}", _

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Contains(""Caudipteryx""): {0}", _

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Insert(2, ""Nanotyrannus"")")
        dinosaurs.Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus")

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "dinosaurs(2): {0}", dinosaurs(2))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "dinosaurs(2) = ""Microraptor""")
        dinosaurs(2) = "Microraptor"

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Remove(""Microraptor"")")

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "RemoveAt(0)")


    End Sub 

    Private Shared Sub Display(ByVal cs As Collection(Of String)) 
        For Each item As String In cs
        Next item
    End Sub 

    Private Shared Sub ChangedHandler(ByVal source As Object, _
        ByVal e As DinosaursChangedEventArgs)

        If e.ChangeType = ChangeType.Replaced Then
            Console.WriteLine("{0} was replaced with {1}", _
                e.ChangedItem, e.ReplacedWith)

        ElseIf e.ChangeType = ChangeType.Cleared Then
            Console.WriteLine("The dinosaur list was cleared.")

            Console.WriteLine("{0} was {1}.", _
                e.ChangedItem, e.ChangeType)
        End If 
    End Sub 

End Class 

' This code example produces the following output: 

'Psitticosaurus was Added. 
'Caudipteryx was Added. 
'Compsognathus was Added. 
'Muttaburrasaurus was Added. 


'IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"): 3 

'Contains("Caudipteryx"): True 

'Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus") 
'Nanotyrannus was Added. 

'dinosaurs(2): Nanotyrannus 

'dinosaurs(2) = "Microraptor" 
'Nanotyrannus was replaced with Microraptor 

'Microraptor was Removed. 

'Psitticosaurus was Removed. 


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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0