Returns an enumerator that iterates through the collection.
virtual System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerator<T> ^ System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<T>.GetEnumerator() = System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<T>::GetEnumerator;
System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerator<T> IEnumerable<T>.GetEnumerator ();
Function GetEnumerator () As IEnumerator(Of T) Implements IEnumerable(Of T).GetEnumerator
An IEnumerator<T> that can be used to iterate through the collection.
foreach statement of the C# language (
for each in C++,
For Each in Visual Basic) hides the complexity of the enumerators. Therefore, using
foreach is recommended, instead of directly manipulating the enumerator.
Enumerators can be used to read the data in the collection, but they cannot be used to modify the underlying collection.
Initially, the enumerator is positioned before the first element in the collection. At this position, Current is undefined. Therefore, you must call MoveNext to advance the enumerator to the first element of the collection before reading the value of Current.
If MoveNext passes the end of the collection, the enumerator is positioned after the last element in the collection and MoveNext returns
false. When the enumerator is at this position, subsequent calls to MoveNext also return
false. If the last call to MoveNext returned
false, Current is undefined. You cannot set Current to the first element of the collection again; you must create a new enumerator instance instead.
An enumerator remains valid as long as the collection remains unchanged. If changes are made to the collection, such as adding, modifying, or deleting elements, the enumerator is irrecoverably invalidated and the next call to MoveNext or Reset throws an InvalidOperationException. If the collection is modified between calling MoveNext method and obtaining the value of the Current property, Current returns the element that it is set to, even if the enumerator is already invalidated.
The enumerator does not have exclusive access to the collection; therefore, enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread-safe procedure. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can lock the collection during the entire enumeration. To allow the collection to be accessed by multiple threads for reading and writing, you must implement your own synchronization.
Default implementations of collections in System.Collections.Generic are not synchronized.
This method is an O(1) operation.