Gets or sets the value associated with the specified key.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
- Type: System.Object
The key whose value to get or set.
Property ValueType: System.Object
The value associated with the specified key. If the specified key is not found, attempting to get it returns Nothing, and attempting to set it creates a new element using the specified key.
This property provides the ability to access a specific element in the collection by using the following syntax: myCollection[key].
You can also use the property to add new elements by setting the value of a key that does not exist in the Hashtable; for example, myCollection["myNonexistentKey"] = myValue. However, if the specified key already exists in the Hashtable, setting the property overwrites the old value. In contrast, the Add method does not modify existing elements.
A key cannot be Nothing, but a value can be. To distinguish between Nothing that is returned because the specified key is not found and Nothing that is returned because the value of the specified key is Nothing, use the Contains method or the ContainsKey method to determine if the key exists in the list.
Retrieving the value of this property is an O(1) operation; setting the property is also an O(1) operation.