Collection<T> Constructor

Initializes a new instance of the Collection<T> class that is empty.

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

public:
Collection()

This constructor is an O(1) operation.

The following code example demonstrates many of the properties and methods of Collection<T>. The code example creates a collection of strings with the Collection<T>() constructor, uses the Add method to add several strings, displays the Count, and lists the strings. The example uses the IndexOf method to find the index of a string and the Contains method to determine whether a string is in the collection. The example inserts a string using the Insert method and retrieves and sets strings using the default Item property (the indexer in C#). The example removes strings by string identity using the Remove method and by index using the RemoveAt method. Finally, the Clear method is used to clear all strings from the collection.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections::Generic;
using namespace System::Collections::ObjectModel;

public ref class Demo
{
public:
    static void Main()
    {
        Collection<String^>^ dinosaurs = gcnew Collection<String^>();

        dinosaurs->Add("Psitticosaurus");
        dinosaurs->Add("Caudipteryx");
        dinosaurs->Add("Compsognathus");
        dinosaurs->Add("Muttaburrasaurus");

        Console::WriteLine("{0} dinosaurs:", dinosaurs->Count);
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\nIndexOf(\"Muttaburrasaurus\"): {0}",
            dinosaurs->IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"));

        Console::WriteLine("\nContains(\"Caudipteryx\"): {0}",
            dinosaurs->Contains("Caudipteryx"));

        Console::WriteLine("\nInsert(2, \"Nanotyrannus\")");
        dinosaurs->Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus");
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\ndinosaurs[2]: {0}", dinosaurs[2]);

        Console::WriteLine("\ndinosaurs[2] = \"Microraptor\"");
        dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor";
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\nRemove(\"Microraptor\")");
        dinosaurs->Remove("Microraptor");
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\nRemoveAt(0)");
        dinosaurs->RemoveAt(0);
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\ndinosaurs.Clear()");
        dinosaurs->Clear();
        Console::WriteLine("Count: {0}", dinosaurs->Count);
    }

private:
    static void Display(Collection<String^>^ cs)
    {
        Console::WriteLine();
        for each( String^ item in cs )
        {
            Console::WriteLine(item);
        }
    }
};

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

/* This code example produces the following output:

4 dinosaurs:

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"): 3

Contains("Caudipteryx"): True

Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Nanotyrannus
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs[2]: Nanotyrannus

dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor"

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Microraptor
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

Remove("Microraptor")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

RemoveAt(0)

Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs.Clear()
Count: 0
 */

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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