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Clear Method

ArrayList::Clear Method

Removes all elements from the ArrayList.

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

public:
virtual void Clear()

Implements

IList::Clear()

ExceptionCondition
NotSupportedException

The ArrayList is read-only.

-or-

The ArrayList has a fixed size.

Count is set to zero, and references to other objects from elements of the collection are also released.

Capacity remains unchanged. To reset the capacity of the ArrayList, call TrimToSize or set the Capacity property directly. Trimming an empty ArrayList sets the capacity of the ArrayList to the default capacity.

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

The following code example shows how to trim the unused portions of the ArrayList and how to clear the values of the ArrayList.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
void PrintValues( IEnumerable^ myList );
int main()
{

   // Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
   ArrayList^ myAL = gcnew ArrayList;
   myAL->Add( "The" );
   myAL->Add( "quick" );
   myAL->Add( "brown" );
   myAL->Add( "fox" );
   myAL->Add( "jumped" );

   // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
   Console::WriteLine( "Initially," );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL->Count );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL->Capacity );
   Console::Write( "   Values:" );
   PrintValues( myAL );

   // Trim the ArrayList.
   myAL->TrimToSize();

   // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
   Console::WriteLine( "After TrimToSize," );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL->Count );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL->Capacity );
   Console::Write( "   Values:" );
   PrintValues( myAL );

   // Clear the ArrayList.
   myAL->Clear();

   // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
   Console::WriteLine( "After Clear," );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL->Count );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL->Capacity );
   Console::Write( "   Values:" );
   PrintValues( myAL );

   // Trim the ArrayList again.
   myAL->TrimToSize();

   // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
   Console::WriteLine( "After the second TrimToSize," );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL->Count );
   Console::WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL->Capacity );
   Console::Write( "   Values:" );
   PrintValues( myAL );
}

void PrintValues( IEnumerable^ myList )
{
   IEnumerator^ myEnum = myList->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
   {
      Object^ obj = safe_cast<Object^>(myEnum->Current);
      Console::Write( "   {0}", obj );
   }

   Console::WriteLine();
}

/* 
 This code produces the following output.

 Initially,
    Count    : 5
    Capacity : 16
    Values:    The    quick    brown    fox    jumped
 After TrimToSize,
    Count    : 5
    Capacity : 5
    Values:    The    quick    brown    fox    jumped
 After Clear,
    Count    : 0
    Capacity : 5
    Values:
 After the second TrimToSize,
    Count    : 0
    Capacity : 16
    Values:
 */

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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