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DictionaryBase::GetEnumerator Method

Returns an IDictionaryEnumerator that iterates through the DictionaryBase instance.

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

public:
virtual IDictionaryEnumerator^ GetEnumerator() sealed

Implements

IDictionary::GetEnumerator()

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, Current 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.

This method is an O(1) operation.

The following code example implements the DictionaryBase class and uses that implementation to create a dictionary of String keys and values that have a Length of 5 characters or less.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;

public ref class ShortStringDictionary: public DictionaryBase
{
public:

   property String^ Item [String^]
   {
      String^ get( String^ key )
      {
         return (dynamic_cast<String^>(Dictionary[ key ]));
      }

      void set( String^ value, String^ key )
      {
         Dictionary[ key ] = value;
      }
   }

   property ICollection^ Keys 
   {
      ICollection^ get()
      {
         return (Dictionary->Keys);
      }
   }

   property ICollection^ Values 
   {
      ICollection^ get()
      {
         return (Dictionary->Values);
      }
   }
   void Add( String^ key, String^ value )
   {
      Dictionary->Add( key, value );
   }

   bool Contains( String^ key )
   {
      return (Dictionary->Contains( key ));
   }

   void Remove( String^ key )
   {
      Dictionary->Remove( key );
   }


protected:
   virtual void OnInsert( Object^ key, Object^ value ) override
   {
      if ( key->GetType() != Type::GetType( "System.String" ) )
            throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be of type String.","key" );
      else
      {
         String^ strKey = dynamic_cast<String^>(key);
         if ( strKey->Length > 5 )
                  throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be no more than 5 characters in length.","key" );
      }

      if ( value->GetType() != Type::GetType( "System.String" ) )
            throw gcnew ArgumentException( "value must be of type String.","value" );
      else
      {
         String^ strValue = dynamic_cast<String^>(value);
         if ( strValue->Length > 5 )
                  throw gcnew ArgumentException( "value must be no more than 5 characters in length.","value" );
      }
   }

   virtual void OnRemove( Object^ key, Object^ /*value*/ ) override
   {
      if ( key->GetType() != Type::GetType( "System.String" ) )
            throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be of type String.","key" );
      else
      {
         String^ strKey = dynamic_cast<String^>(key);
         if ( strKey->Length > 5 )
                  throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be no more than 5 characters in length.","key" );
      }
   }

   virtual void OnSet( Object^ key, Object^ /*oldValue*/, Object^ newValue ) override
   {
      if ( key->GetType() != Type::GetType( "System.String" ) )
            throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be of type String.","key" );
      else
      {
         String^ strKey = dynamic_cast<String^>(key);
         if ( strKey->Length > 5 )
                  throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be no more than 5 characters in length.","key" );
      }

      if ( newValue->GetType() != Type::GetType( "System.String" ) )
            throw gcnew ArgumentException( "newValue must be of type String.","newValue" );
      else
      {
         String^ strValue = dynamic_cast<String^>(newValue);
         if ( strValue->Length > 5 )
                  throw gcnew ArgumentException( "newValue must be no more than 5 characters in length.","newValue" );
      }
   }

   virtual void OnValidate( Object^ key, Object^ value ) override
   {
      if ( key->GetType() != Type::GetType( "System.String" ) )
            throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be of type String.","key" );
      else
      {
         String^ strKey = dynamic_cast<String^>(key);
         if ( strKey->Length > 5 )
                  throw gcnew ArgumentException( "key must be no more than 5 characters in length.","key" );
      }

      if ( value->GetType() != Type::GetType( "System.String" ) )
            throw gcnew ArgumentException( "value must be of type String.","value" );
      else
      {
         String^ strValue = dynamic_cast<String^>(value);
         if ( strValue->Length > 5 )
                  throw gcnew ArgumentException( "value must be no more than 5 characters in length.","value" );
      }
   }

};

void PrintKeysAndValues2( ShortStringDictionary^ myCol );
void PrintKeysAndValues3( ShortStringDictionary^ myCol );
int main()
{
   // Creates and initializes a new DictionaryBase.
   ShortStringDictionary^ mySSC = gcnew ShortStringDictionary;

   // Adds elements to the collection.
   mySSC->Add( "One", "a" );
   mySSC->Add( "Two", "ab" );
   mySSC->Add( "Three", "abc" );
   mySSC->Add( "Four", "abcd" );
   mySSC->Add( "Five", "abcde" );

   // Display the contents of the collection using the enumerator.
   Console::WriteLine( "Contents of the collection (using enumerator):" );
   PrintKeysAndValues2( mySSC );

   // Display the contents of the collection using the Keys property and the Item property.
   Console::WriteLine( "Initial contents of the collection (using Keys and Item):" );
   PrintKeysAndValues3( mySSC );

   // Tries to add a value that is too long. 
   try
   {
      mySSC->Add( "Ten", "abcdefghij" );
   }
   catch ( ArgumentException^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( e );
   }

   // Tries to add a key that is too long. 
   try
   {
      mySSC->Add( "Eleven", "ijk" );
   }
   catch ( ArgumentException^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( e );
   }

   Console::WriteLine();

   // Searches the collection with Contains.
   Console::WriteLine( "Contains \"Three\": {0}", mySSC->Contains( "Three" ) );
   Console::WriteLine( "Contains \"Twelve\": {0}", mySSC->Contains( "Twelve" ) );
   Console::WriteLine();

   // Removes an element from the collection.
   mySSC->Remove( "Two" );

   // Displays the contents of the collection.
   Console::WriteLine( "After removing \"Two\":" );
   PrintKeysAndValues2( mySSC );
}

// Uses the enumerator.  
void PrintKeysAndValues2( ShortStringDictionary^ myCol )
{
   DictionaryEntry myDE;
   System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnumerator = myCol->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnumerator->MoveNext() )
      if ( myEnumerator->Current != nullptr )
   {
      myDE =  *dynamic_cast<DictionaryEntry^>(myEnumerator->Current);
      Console::WriteLine( "   {0,-5} : {1}", myDE.Key, myDE.Value );
   }

   Console::WriteLine();
}


// Uses the Keys property and the Item property. 
void PrintKeysAndValues3( ShortStringDictionary^ myCol )
{
   ICollection^ myKeys = myCol->Keys;
   IEnumerator^ myEnum1 = myKeys->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnum1->MoveNext() )
   {
      String^ k = safe_cast<String^>(myEnum1->Current);
      Console::WriteLine( "   {0,-5} : {1}", k, myCol->Item[ k ] );
   }

   Console::WriteLine();
}

/* 
This code produces the following output.

Contents of the collection (using enumerator):
   Three : abc
   Five  : abcde
   Two   : ab
   One   : a
   Four  : abcd

Initial contents of the collection (using Keys and Item):
   Three : abc
   Five  : abcde
   Two   : ab
   One   : a
   Four  : abcd

System.ArgumentException: value must be no more than 5 characters in length.
Parameter name: value
   at ShortStringDictionary.OnValidate(Object key, Object value)
   at System.Collections.DictionaryBase.System.Collections.IDictionary.Add(Object key, Object value)
   at SamplesDictionaryBase.Main()
System.ArgumentException: key must be no more than 5 characters in length.
Parameter name: key
   at ShortStringDictionary.OnValidate(Object key, Object value)
   at System.Collections.DictionaryBase.System.Collections.IDictionary.Add(Object key, Object value)
   at SamplesDictionaryBase.Main()

Contains "Three": True
Contains "Twelve": False

After removing "Two":
   Three : abc
   Five  : abcde
   One   : a
   Four  : abcd

*/

.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
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