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NameObjectCollectionBase::IsReadOnly Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the NameObjectCollectionBase instance is read-only.

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

protected:
property bool IsReadOnly {
	bool get ();
	void set (bool value);
}

Property Value

Type: System::Boolean
true if the NameObjectCollectionBase instance is read-only; otherwise, false.

A collection that is read-only does not allow the addition, removal, or modification of elements after the collection is created.

A collection that is read-only is simply a collection with a wrapper that prevents modifying the collection; therefore, if changes are made to the underlying collection, the read-only collection reflects those changes.

Retrieving the value of this property is an O(1) operation.

The following code example creates a read-only collection.

#using <System.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
using namespace System::Collections::Specialized;

public ref class MyCollection : public NameObjectCollectionBase  {

private:
   DictionaryEntry^ _de;

   // Gets a key-and-value pair (DictionaryEntry) using an index. 
public:
   property DictionaryEntry^ default[ int ]  {
      DictionaryEntry^ get( int index )  {
         _de->Key = this->BaseGetKey( index );
         _de->Value = this->BaseGet( index );
         return( _de );
      }
   }

   // Adds elements from an IDictionary into the new collection.
   MyCollection( IDictionary^ d, Boolean bReadOnly )  {

      _de = gcnew DictionaryEntry();

      for each ( DictionaryEntry^ de in d )  {
         this->BaseAdd( (String^) de->Key, de->Value );
      }
      this->IsReadOnly = bReadOnly;
   }

   // Adds an entry to the collection. 
   void Add( String^ key, Object^ value )  {
      this->BaseAdd( key, value );
   }
};

public ref class SamplesNameObjectCollectionBase  {

public:
   static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new MyCollection that is read-only.
      IDictionary^ d = gcnew ListDictionary();
      d->Add( "red", "apple" );
      d->Add( "yellow", "banana" );
      d->Add( "green", "pear" );
      MyCollection^ myROCol = gcnew MyCollection( d, true );

      // Tries to add a new item. 
      try  {
         myROCol->Add( "blue", "sky" );
      }
      catch ( NotSupportedException^ e )  {
         Console::WriteLine( e->ToString() );
      }

      // Displays the keys and values of the MyCollection.
      Console::WriteLine( "Read-Only Collection:" );
      PrintKeysAndValues( myROCol );
   }

   static void PrintKeysAndValues( MyCollection^ myCol )  {
      for ( int i = 0; i < myCol->Count; i++ )  {
         Console::WriteLine( "[{0}] : {1}, {2}", i, myCol[i]->Key, myCol[i]->Value );
      }
   }
};

int main()
{
    SamplesNameObjectCollectionBase::Main();
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

System.NotSupportedException: Collection is read-only.
   at System.Collections.Specialized.NameObjectCollectionBase.BaseAdd(String name, Object value)
   at SamplesNameObjectCollectionBase.Main()
Read-Only Collection:
[0] : red, apple
[1] : yellow, banana
[2] : green, pear

*/

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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