StringDictionary Class

 

Implements a hash table with the key and the value strongly typed to be strings rather than objects.

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

System.Object
  System.Collections.Specialized.StringDictionary

<SerializableAttribute>
Public Class StringDictionary
	Implements IEnumerable

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethodStringDictionary()

Initializes a new instance of the StringDictionary class.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubpropertyCount

Gets the number of key/value pairs in the StringDictionary.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyIsSynchronized

Gets a value indicating whether access to the StringDictionary is synchronized (thread safe).

System_CAPS_pubpropertyItem(String)

Gets or sets the value associated with the specified key.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyKeys

Gets a collection of keys in the StringDictionary.

System_CAPS_pubpropertySyncRoot

Gets an object that can be used to synchronize access to the StringDictionary.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyValues

Gets a collection of values in the StringDictionary.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethodAdd(String, String)

Adds an entry with the specified key and value into the StringDictionary.

System_CAPS_pubmethodClear()

Removes all entries from the StringDictionary.

System_CAPS_pubmethodContainsKey(String)

Determines if the StringDictionary contains a specific key.

System_CAPS_pubmethodContainsValue(String)

Determines if the StringDictionary contains a specific value.

System_CAPS_pubmethodCopyTo(Array, Int32)

Copies the string dictionary values to a one-dimensional Array instance at the specified index.

System_CAPS_pubmethodEquals(Object)

Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethodFinalize()

Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetEnumerator()

Returns an enumerator that iterates through the string dictionary.

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetHashCode()

Serves as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethodMemberwiseClone()

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodRemove(String)

Removes the entry with the specified key from the string dictionary.

System_CAPS_pubmethodToString()

Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethodAsParallel()

Overloaded. Enables parallelization of a query.(Defined by ParallelEnumerable.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodAsQueryable()

Overloaded. Converts an IEnumerable to an IQueryable.(Defined by Queryable.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodCast(Of TResult)()

Casts the elements of an IEnumerable to the specified type.(Defined by Enumerable.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodOfType(Of TResult)()

Filters the elements of an IEnumerable based on a specified type.(Defined by Enumerable.)

A key cannot be null, but a value can.

The key is handled in a case-insensitive manner; it is translated to lowercase before it is used with the string dictionary.

In .NET Framework version 1.0, this class uses culture-sensitive string comparisons. However, in .NET Framework version 1.1 and later, this class uses CultureInfo.InvariantCulture when comparing strings. For more information about how culture affects comparisons and sorting, see Performing Culture-Insensitive String Operations.

The following code example demonstrates several of the properties and methods of StringDictionary.

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

Public Class SamplesStringDictionary   

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Creates and initializes a new StringDictionary.
      Dim myCol As New StringDictionary()
      myCol.Add("red", "rojo")
      myCol.Add("green", "verde")
      myCol.Add("blue", "azul")

      ' Display the contents of the collection using For Each. This is the preferred method.
      Console.WriteLine("Displays the elements using For Each:")
      PrintKeysAndValues1(myCol)

      ' Display the contents of the collection using the enumerator.
      Console.WriteLine("Displays the elements using the IEnumerator:")
      PrintKeysAndValues2(myCol)

      ' Display the contents of the collection using the Keys, Values, Count, and Item properties.
      Console.WriteLine("Displays the elements using the Keys, Values, Count, and Item properties:")
      PrintKeysAndValues3(myCol)

      ' Copies the StringDictionary to an array with DictionaryEntry elements.
      Dim myArr(myCol.Count) As DictionaryEntry
      myCol.CopyTo(myArr, 0)

      ' Displays the values in the array.
      Console.WriteLine("Displays the elements in the array:")
      Console.WriteLine("   KEY        VALUE")
      Dim i As Integer
      For i = 0 To myArr.Length - 1
         Console.WriteLine("   {0,-10} {1}", myArr(i).Key, myArr(i).Value)
      Next i
      Console.WriteLine()

      ' Searches for a value.
      If myCol.ContainsValue("amarillo") Then
         Console.WriteLine("The collection contains the value ""amarillo"".")
      Else
         Console.WriteLine("The collection does not contain the value ""amarillo"".")
      End If
      Console.WriteLine()

      ' Searches for a key and deletes it.
      If myCol.ContainsKey("green") Then
         myCol.Remove("green")
      End If
      Console.WriteLine("The collection contains the following elements after removing ""green"":")
      PrintKeysAndValues1(myCol)

      ' Clears the entire collection.
      myCol.Clear()
      Console.WriteLine("The collection contains the following elements after it is cleared:")
      PrintKeysAndValues1(myCol)

   End Sub 'Main


   ' Uses the For Each statement which hides the complexity of the enumerator.
   ' NOTE: The For Each statement is the preferred way of enumerating the contents of a collection.
   Public Shared Sub PrintKeysAndValues1(myCol As StringDictionary)
      Console.WriteLine("   KEY                       VALUE")
      Dim de As DictionaryEntry
      For Each de In  myCol
         Console.WriteLine("   {0,-25} {1}", de.Key, de.Value)
      Next de
      Console.WriteLine()
   End Sub 'PrintKeysAndValues1


   ' Uses the enumerator. 
   ' NOTE: The For Each statement is the preferred way of enumerating the contents of a collection.
   Public Shared Sub PrintKeysAndValues2(myCol As StringDictionary)
      Dim myEnumerator As IEnumerator = myCol.GetEnumerator()
      Dim de As DictionaryEntry
      Console.WriteLine("   KEY                       VALUE")
      While myEnumerator.MoveNext()
         de = CType(myEnumerator.Current, DictionaryEntry)
         Console.WriteLine("   {0,-25} {1}", de.Key, de.Value)
      End While
      Console.WriteLine()
   End Sub 'PrintKeysAndValues2


   ' Uses the Keys, Values, Count, and Item properties.
   Public Shared Sub PrintKeysAndValues3(myCol As StringDictionary)
      Dim myKeys(myCol.Count) As String
      myCol.Keys.CopyTo(myKeys, 0)

      Console.WriteLine("   INDEX KEY                       VALUE")
      Dim i As Integer
      For i = 0 To myCol.Count - 1
         Console.WriteLine("   {0,-5} {1,-25} {2}", i, myKeys(i), myCol(myKeys(i)))
      Next i
      Console.WriteLine()
   End Sub 'PrintKeysAndValues3

End Class 'SamplesStringDictionary 


'This code produces the following output.
'
'Displays the elements using For Each:
'   KEY                       VALUE
'   red                       rojo
'   blue                      azul
'   green                     verde
'
'Displays the elements using the IEnumerator:
'   KEY                       VALUE
'   red                       rojo
'   blue                      azul
'   green                     verde
'
'Displays the elements using the Keys, Values, Count, and Item properties:
'   INDEX KEY                       VALUE
'   0     red                       rojo
'   1     blue                      azul
'   2     green                     verde
'
'Displays the elements in the array:
'   KEY        VALUE
'   red        rojo
'   blue       azul
'   green      verde
'
'
'The collection does not contain the value "amarillo".
'
'The collection contains the following elements after removing "green":
'   KEY                       VALUE
'   red                       rojo
'   blue                      azul
'
'The collection contains the following elements after it is cleared:
'   KEY                       VALUE

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

Public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

This implementation does not provide a synchronized (thread safe) wrapper for a StringDictionary, but derived classes can create their own synchronized versions of the StringDictionary using the SyncRoot property.

Enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread-safe procedure. Even when a collection is synchronized, other threads can still modify the collection, which causes the enumerator to throw an exception. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can either lock the collection during the entire enumeration or catch the exceptions resulting from changes made by other threads.

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