HybridDictionary.Contains Method (Object)


Determines whether the HybridDictionary contains a specific key.

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

Public Function Contains (
	key As Object
) As Boolean


Type: System.Object

The key to locate in the HybridDictionary.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the HybridDictionary contains an entry with the specified key; otherwise, false.

Exception Condition

key is null.

This method is an O(1) operation.

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0, this method uses the collection’s objects’ Equals and CompareTo methods on key to determine whether item exists. In the earlier versions of the .NET Framework, this determination was made by using the Equals and CompareTo methods of the item parameter on the objects in the collection.

The following code example searches for an element in a HybridDictionary.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections
Imports System.Collections.Specialized

Public Class SamplesHybridDictionary   

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Creates and initializes a new HybridDictionary.
      Dim myCol As New HybridDictionary()
      myCol.Add("Braeburn Apples", "1.49")
      myCol.Add("Fuji Apples", "1.29")
      myCol.Add("Gala Apples", "1.49")
      myCol.Add("Golden Delicious Apples", "1.29")
      myCol.Add("Granny Smith Apples", "0.89")
      myCol.Add("Red Delicious Apples", "0.99")
      myCol.Add("Plantain Bananas", "1.49")
      myCol.Add("Yellow Bananas", "0.79")
      myCol.Add("Strawberries", "3.33")
      myCol.Add("Cranberries", "5.98")
      myCol.Add("Navel Oranges", "1.29")
      myCol.Add("Grapes", "1.99")
      myCol.Add("Honeydew Melon", "0.59")
      myCol.Add("Seedless Watermelon", "0.49")
      myCol.Add("Pineapple", "1.49")
      myCol.Add("Nectarine", "1.99")
      myCol.Add("Plums", "1.69")
      myCol.Add("Peaches", "1.99")

      ' Displays the values in the HybridDictionary in three different ways.
      Console.WriteLine("Initial contents of the HybridDictionary:")

      ' Searches for a key.
      If myCol.Contains("Kiwis") Then
         Console.WriteLine("The collection contains the key ""Kiwis"".")
         Console.WriteLine("The collection does not contain the key ""Kiwis"".")
      End If

   End Sub 'Main

   Public Shared Sub PrintKeysAndValues(myCol As IDictionary)

      Console.WriteLine("   KEY                       VALUE")
      Dim de As DictionaryEntry
      For Each de In  myCol
         Console.WriteLine("   {0,-25} {1}", de.Key, de.Value)
      Next de

   End Sub 'PrintKeysAndValues

End Class 'SamplesHybridDictionary 

'This code produces the following output.
'Initial contents of the HybridDictionary:
'   KEY                       VALUE
'   Seedless Watermelon       0.49
'   Nectarine                 1.99
'   Cranberries               5.98
'   Plantain Bananas          1.49
'   Honeydew Melon            0.59
'   Pineapple                 1.49
'   Strawberries              3.33
'   Grapes                    1.99
'   Braeburn Apples           1.49
'   Peaches                   1.99
'   Red Delicious Apples      0.99
'   Golden Delicious Apples   1.29
'   Yellow Bananas            0.79
'   Granny Smith Apples       0.89
'   Gala Apples               1.49
'   Plums                     1.69
'   Navel Oranges             1.29
'   Fuji Apples               1.29
'The collection does not contain the key "Kiwis".

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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