IOrderedDictionary.GetEnumerator Method ()

 

Returns an enumerator that iterates through the IOrderedDictionary collection.

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

Function GetEnumerator As IDictionaryEnumerator

[Visual Basic, C#]

The foreach statement of the C# language (for each in Visual Basic) hides the complexity of the enumerators. Therefore, using foreach is recommended instead of directly manipulating the enumerator.

Enumerators can be used to read the data in the collection, but they cannot be used to modify the underlying collection.

Initially, the enumerator is positioned before the first element in the collection. Reset also brings the enumerator back to this position. At this position, the Current property is undefined. Therefore, you must call MoveNext to advance the enumerator to the first element of the collection before reading the value of Current.

Current returns the same object until either MoveNext or Reset is called. MoveNext sets Current to the next element.

If MoveNext passes the end of the collection, the enumerator is positioned after the last element in the collection and MoveNext returns false. When the enumerator is at this position, subsequent calls to MoveNext also return false. If the last call to MoveNext returned false, Current is undefined. To set Current to the first element of the collection again, you can call Reset followed by MoveNext.

An enumerator remains valid as long as the collection remains unchanged. If changes are made to the collection, such as adding, modifying, or deleting elements, the enumerator is irrecoverably invalidated and its behavior is undefined.

The enumerator does not have exclusive access to the collection; therefore, enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread-safe procedure. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can lock the collection during the entire enumeration. To allow the collection to be accessed by multiple threads for reading and writing, you must implement your own synchronization.

The following code example demonstrates the implementation of a simple IOrderedDictionary based on the ArrayList class. The implemented IOrderedDictionary stores first names as the keys and last names as the values, with the added requirement that each first name is unique. This code is part of a larger code example provided for the IOrderedDictionary class.

Public Class People
    Implements IOrderedDictionary
    Private _people As ArrayList

    Public Sub New(ByVal numItems As Integer)
        _people = New ArrayList(numItems)
    End Sub

    Public Function IndexOfKey(ByVal key As Object) As Integer
        Dim i As Integer
        For i = 0 To _people.Count - 1
            If CType(_people(i), DictionaryEntry).Key = key Then
                Return i
            End If
        Next i

        ' key not found, return -1.
        Return -1
    End Function

    ' IOrderedDictionary Members
    Public Function GetEnumerator() As IDictionaryEnumerator _
        Implements IOrderedDictionary.GetEnumerator

        Return New PeopleEnum(_people)
    End Function

    Public Sub Insert(ByVal index As Integer, ByVal key As Object, _
        ByVal value As Object) Implements IOrderedDictionary.Insert

        If Not IndexOfKey(key) = -1 Then
            Throw New ArgumentException("An element with the same key already exists in the collection.")
        End If
        _people.Insert(index, New DictionaryEntry(key, value))
    End Sub

    Public Sub RemoveAt(ByVal index As Integer) _
        Implements IOrderedDictionary.RemoveAt

        _people.RemoveAt(index)
    End Sub

    Public Property Item(ByVal index As Integer) As Object _
        Implements IOrderedDictionary.Item

        Get
            Return CType(_people(index), DictionaryEntry).Value
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value As Object)
            Dim key As Object = CType(_people(index), DictionaryEntry).Key
            _people(index) = New DictionaryEntry(key, value)
        End Set
    End Property

    ' IDictionary Members
    Public Function IDictionaryGetEnumerator() As IDictionaryEnumerator _
    Implements IDictionary.GetEnumerator

        Return New PeopleEnum(_people)
    End Function

    Public Property Item(ByVal key As Object) As Object _
        Implements IDictionary.Item

        Get
            Return CType(_people(IndexOfKey(key)), DictionaryEntry).Value
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value)
            _people(IndexOfKey(key)) = New DictionaryEntry(key, value)
        End Set
    End Property


    Public Sub Add(ByVal key As Object, ByVal value As Object) _
        Implements IDictionary.Add

        If Not IndexOfKey(key) = -1 Then
            Throw New ArgumentException("An element with the same key already exists in the collection.")
        End If

        _people.Add(New DictionaryEntry(key, value))
    End Sub

    Public Sub Clear() Implements IDictionary.Clear
        _people.Clear()
    End Sub

    Public Function Contains(ByVal key As Object) As Boolean _
        Implements IDictionary.Contains

        If IndexOfKey(key) = -1 Then
            Return False
        Else
            Return True
        End If
    End Function

    Public ReadOnly Property IsFixedSize() As Boolean _
        Implements IDictionary.IsFixedSize

        Get
            Return False
        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property IsReadOnly() As Boolean _
        Implements IDictionary.IsReadOnly
        Get
            Return False
        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property Keys() As ICollection _
        Implements IDictionary.Keys
        Get
            Dim KeyCollection As ArrayList = New ArrayList(_people.Count)
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To _people.Count - 1
                KeyCollection.Add( CType(_people(i), DictionaryEntry).Key )
            Next i
            Return KeyCollection
        End Get
    End Property

    Public Sub Remove(ByVal key As Object) _
        Implements IDictionary.Remove

        _people.RemoveAt(IndexOfKey(key))
    End Sub

    Public ReadOnly Property Values() As ICollection _
        Implements IDictionary.Values
        Get
            Dim ValueCollection As ArrayList = New ArrayList(_people.Count)
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To _people.Count - 1
                ValueCollection.Add( CType(_people(i), DictionaryEntry).Value )
            Next i
            Return ValueCollection
        End Get
    End Property

    ' ICollection Members
    Public Sub CopyTo(ByVal array As Array, ByVal index As Integer) _
    Implements ICollection.CopyTo

        _people.CopyTo(Array, index)
    End Sub

    Public ReadOnly Property Count() As Integer _
        Implements ICollection.Count

        Get
            Return _people.Count
        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property IsSynchronized() As Boolean _
        Implements ICollection.IsSynchronized

        Get
            Return _people.IsSynchronized
        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property SyncRoot() As Object _
        Implements ICollection.SyncRoot

        Get
            Return _people.SyncRoot
        End Get
    End Property

    ' IEnumerable Members
    Public Function IEnumerableGetEnumerator() As IEnumerator _
        Implements IEnumerable.GetEnumerator

        Return New PeopleEnum(_people)
    End Function
End Class

Public Class PeopleEnum
    Implements IDictionaryEnumerator

    Public _people As ArrayList

    ' Enumerators are positioned before the first element
    ' until the first MoveNext() call.
    Dim position As Integer = -1

    Public Sub New(ByVal list As ArrayList)
        _people = list
    End Sub

    Public Function MoveNext() As Boolean _
        Implements IEnumerator.MoveNext

        position = position + 1
        Return (position < _people.Count)
    End Function

    Public Sub Reset() _
        Implements IEnumerator.Reset

        position = -1
    End Sub

    Public ReadOnly Property Current() As Object _
        Implements IEnumerator.Current

        Get
            Try
                Return _people(position)
            Catch e As IndexOutOfRangeException
                Throw New InvalidOperationException()
            End Try
        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property Entry() As DictionaryEntry _
        Implements IDictionaryEnumerator.Entry
        Get
            Return CType(Current, DictionaryEntry)
        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property Key() As Object _
        Implements IDictionaryEnumerator.Key

        Get
            Try
                Return CType(_people(position), DictionaryEntry).Key
            Catch e As IndexOutOfRangeException
                Throw New InvalidOperationException()
            End Try
        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property Value() As Object _
        Implements IDictionaryEnumerator.Value

        Get
            Try
                Return CType(_people(position), DictionaryEntry).Value
            Catch e As IndexOutOfRangeException
                Throw New InvalidOperationException()
            End Try
        End Get
    End Property
End Class

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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