ReadOnlyCollection<T> ReadOnlyCollection<T> ReadOnlyCollection<T> ReadOnlyCollection<T> Class

Definition

Provides the base class for a generic read-only collection.

generic <typename T>
public ref class ReadOnlyCollection : System::Collections::Generic::ICollection<T>, System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<T>, System::Collections::Generic::IList<T>, System::Collections::Generic::IReadOnlyCollection<T>, System::Collections::Generic::IReadOnlyList<T>, System::Collections::IList
[System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComVisible(false)]
[System.Serializable]
public class ReadOnlyCollection<T> : System.Collections.Generic.ICollection<T>, System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<T>, System.Collections.Generic.IList<T>, System.Collections.Generic.IReadOnlyCollection<T>, System.Collections.Generic.IReadOnlyList<T>, System.Collections.IList
type ReadOnlyCollection<'T> = class
    interface IList<'T>
    interface IList
    interface IReadOnlyList<'T>
    interface ICollection<'T>
    interface seq<'T>
    interface IEnumerable
    interface ICollection
    interface IReadOnlyCollection<'T>
Public Class ReadOnlyCollection(Of T)
Implements ICollection(Of T), IEnumerable(Of T), IList, IList(Of T), IReadOnlyCollection(Of T), IReadOnlyList(Of T)

Type Parameters

T

The type of elements in the collection.

Inheritance
ReadOnlyCollection<T>ReadOnlyCollection<T>ReadOnlyCollection<T>ReadOnlyCollection<T>
Derived
Attributes
Implements

Examples

The following code example demonstrates several members of the ReadOnlyCollection<T> class. The code example creates a List<T> of strings and adds four dinosaur names to it. The code example then wraps the list in a ReadOnlyCollection<T>.

After demonstrating the Count, Contains, Item[Int32], and IList.IndexOf members, the code example shows that the ReadOnlyCollection<T> is just a wrapper for the original List<T> by adding a new item to the List<T> and displaying the contents of the ReadOnlyCollection<T>.

Finally, the code example creates an array larger than the collection and uses the CopyTo method to insert the elements of the collection into the middle of the array.

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

void main()
{
    List<String^>^ dinosaurs = gcnew List<String^>();

    dinosaurs->Add("Tyrannosaurus");
    dinosaurs->Add("Amargasaurus");
    dinosaurs->Add("Deinonychus");
    dinosaurs->Add("Compsognathus");

    ReadOnlyCollection<String^>^ readOnlyDinosaurs = 
        gcnew ReadOnlyCollection<String^>(dinosaurs);

    Console::WriteLine();
    for each(String^ dinosaur in readOnlyDinosaurs )
    {
        Console::WriteLine(dinosaur);
    }

    Console::WriteLine("\nCount: {0}", readOnlyDinosaurs->Count);

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

    Console::WriteLine("\nreadOnlyDinosaurs[3]: {0}", 
        readOnlyDinosaurs[3]);

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

    Console::WriteLine("\nInsert into the wrapped List:");
    Console::WriteLine("Insert(2, \"Oviraptor\")");
    dinosaurs->Insert(2, "Oviraptor");

    Console::WriteLine();
    for each( String^ dinosaur in readOnlyDinosaurs )
    {
        Console::WriteLine(dinosaur);
    }

    array<String^>^ dinoArray = 
        gcnew array<String^>(readOnlyDinosaurs->Count + 2);
    readOnlyDinosaurs->CopyTo(dinoArray, 1);

    Console::WriteLine("\nCopied array has {0} elements:", 
        dinoArray->Length);
    for each( String^ dinosaur in dinoArray )
    {
        Console::WriteLine("\"{0}\"", dinosaur);
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Deinonychus
Compsognathus

Count: 4

Contains("Deinonychus"): True

readOnlyDinosaurs[3]: Compsognathus

IndexOf("Compsognathus"): 3

Insert into the wrapped List:
Insert(2, "Oviraptor")

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Oviraptor
Deinonychus
Compsognathus

Copied array has 7 elements:
""
"Tyrannosaurus"
"Amargasaurus"
"Oviraptor"
"Deinonychus"
"Compsognathus"
""
 */
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;

public class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        List<string> dinosaurs = new List<string>();

        dinosaurs.Add("Tyrannosaurus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Amargasaurus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Deinonychus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Compsognathus");

        ReadOnlyCollection<string> readOnlyDinosaurs = 
            new ReadOnlyCollection<string>(dinosaurs);

        Console.WriteLine();
        foreach( string dinosaur in readOnlyDinosaurs )
        {
            Console.WriteLine(dinosaur);
        }

        Console.WriteLine("\nCount: {0}", readOnlyDinosaurs.Count);

        Console.WriteLine("\nContains(\"Deinonychus\"): {0}", 
            readOnlyDinosaurs.Contains("Deinonychus"));

        Console.WriteLine("\nreadOnlyDinosaurs[3]: {0}", 
            readOnlyDinosaurs[3]);

        Console.WriteLine("\nIndexOf(\"Compsognathus\"): {0}", 
            readOnlyDinosaurs.IndexOf("Compsognathus"));

        Console.WriteLine("\nInsert into the wrapped List:");
        Console.WriteLine("Insert(2, \"Oviraptor\")");
        dinosaurs.Insert(2, "Oviraptor");

        Console.WriteLine();
        foreach( string dinosaur in readOnlyDinosaurs )
        {
            Console.WriteLine(dinosaur);
        }

        string[] dinoArray = new string[readOnlyDinosaurs.Count + 2];
        readOnlyDinosaurs.CopyTo(dinoArray, 1);

        Console.WriteLine("\nCopied array has {0} elements:", 
            dinoArray.Length);
        foreach( string dinosaur in dinoArray )
        {
            Console.WriteLine("\"{0}\"", dinosaur);
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Deinonychus
Compsognathus

Count: 4

Contains("Deinonychus"): True

readOnlyDinosaurs[3]: Compsognathus

IndexOf("Compsognathus"): 3

Insert into the wrapped List:
Insert(2, "Oviraptor")

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Oviraptor
Deinonychus
Compsognathus

Copied array has 7 elements:
""
"Tyrannosaurus"
"Amargasaurus"
"Oviraptor"
"Deinonychus"
"Compsognathus"
""
 */
Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Collections.ObjectModel

Public Class Example

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim dinosaurs As New List(Of String)

        dinosaurs.Add("Tyrannosaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Amargasaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Deinonychus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Compsognathus")

        Dim readOnlyDinosaurs As _
            New ReadOnlyCollection(Of String)(dinosaurs)

        Console.WriteLine()
        For Each dinosaur As String In readOnlyDinosaurs
            Console.WriteLine(dinosaur)
        Next

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Count: {0}", _
            readOnlyDinosaurs.Count)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Contains(""Deinonychus""): {0}", _
            readOnlyDinosaurs.Contains("Deinonychus"))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "readOnlyDinosaurs(3): {0}", readOnlyDinosaurs(3))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "IndexOf(""Compsognathus""): {0}", _
            readOnlyDinosaurs.IndexOf("Compsognathus"))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Insert into the wrapped List:")
        Console.WriteLine("Insert(2, ""Oviraptor"")")
        dinosaurs.Insert(2, "Oviraptor")

        Console.WriteLine()
        For Each dinosaur As String In readOnlyDinosaurs
            Console.WriteLine(dinosaur)
        Next

        Dim dinoArray(readOnlyDinosaurs.Count + 1) As String
        readOnlyDinosaurs.CopyTo(dinoArray, 1)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Copied array has {0} elements:", _
            dinoArray.Length)
        For Each dinosaur As String In dinoArray
            Console.WriteLine("""{0}""", dinosaur)
        Next

   End Sub
End Class

' This code example produces the following output:
'
'Tyrannosaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Deinonychus
'Compsognathus
'
'Count: 4
'
'Contains("Deinonychus"): True
'
'readOnlyDinosaurs(3): Compsognathus
'
'IndexOf("Compsognathus"): 3
'
'Insert into the wrapped List:
'Insert(2, "Oviraptor")
'
'Tyrannosaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Oviraptor
'Deinonychus
'Compsognathus
'
'Copied array has 7 elements:
'""
'"Tyrannosaurus"
'"Amargasaurus"
'"Oviraptor"
'"Deinonychus"
'"Compsognathus"
'""

Remarks

An instance of the ReadOnlyCollection<T> generic class is always read-only. 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. See Collection<T> for a modifiable version of this class.

Notes to Inheritors

This base class is provided to make it easier for implementers to create a generic read-only custom collection. Implementers are encouraged to extend this base class instead of creating their own.

Constructors

ReadOnlyCollection<T>(IList<T>) ReadOnlyCollection<T>(IList<T>) ReadOnlyCollection<T>(IList<T>) ReadOnlyCollection<T>(IList<T>)

Initializes a new instance of the ReadOnlyCollection<T> class that is a read-only wrapper around the specified list.

Properties

Count Count Count Count

Gets the number of elements contained in the ReadOnlyCollection<T> instance.

Items Items Items Items

Returns the IList<T> that the ReadOnlyCollection<T> wraps.

Item[Int32] Item[Int32] Item[Int32] Item[Int32]

Gets the element at the specified index.

Methods

Contains(T) Contains(T) Contains(T) Contains(T)

Determines whether an element is in the ReadOnlyCollection<T>.

CopyTo(T[], Int32) CopyTo(T[], Int32) CopyTo(T[], Int32) CopyTo(T[], Int32)

Copies the entire ReadOnlyCollection<T> to a compatible one-dimensional Array, starting at the specified index of the target array.

Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object)

Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.

(Inherited from Object)
GetEnumerator() GetEnumerator() GetEnumerator() GetEnumerator()

Returns an enumerator that iterates through the ReadOnlyCollection<T>.

GetHashCode() GetHashCode() GetHashCode() GetHashCode()

Serves as the default hash function.

(Inherited from Object)
GetType() GetType() GetType() GetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.

(Inherited from Object)
IndexOf(T) IndexOf(T) IndexOf(T) IndexOf(T)

Searches for the specified object and returns the zero-based index of the first occurrence within the entire ReadOnlyCollection<T>.

MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone() MemberwiseClone()

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.

(Inherited from Object)
ToString() ToString() ToString() ToString()

Returns a string that represents the current object.

(Inherited from Object)

Explicit Interface Implementations

ICollection.CopyTo(Array, Int32) ICollection.CopyTo(Array, Int32) ICollection.CopyTo(Array, Int32) ICollection.CopyTo(Array, Int32)

Copies the elements of the ICollection to an Array, starting at a particular Array index.

ICollection.IsSynchronized ICollection.IsSynchronized ICollection.IsSynchronized ICollection.IsSynchronized

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

ICollection.SyncRoot ICollection.SyncRoot ICollection.SyncRoot ICollection.SyncRoot

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

ICollection<T>.Add(T) ICollection<T>.Add(T) ICollection<T>.Add(T) ICollection<T>.Add(T)

Adds an item to the ICollection<T>. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

ICollection<T>.Clear() ICollection<T>.Clear() ICollection<T>.Clear() ICollection<T>.Clear()

Removes all items from the ICollection<T>. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

ICollection<T>.IsReadOnly ICollection<T>.IsReadOnly ICollection<T>.IsReadOnly ICollection<T>.IsReadOnly

Gets a value indicating whether the ICollection<T> is read-only.

ICollection<T>.Remove(T) ICollection<T>.Remove(T) ICollection<T>.Remove(T) ICollection<T>.Remove(T)

Removes the first occurrence of a specific object from the ICollection<T>. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

IEnumerable.GetEnumerator() IEnumerable.GetEnumerator() IEnumerable.GetEnumerator() IEnumerable.GetEnumerator()

Returns an enumerator that iterates through a collection.

IList.Add(Object) IList.Add(Object) IList.Add(Object) IList.Add(Object)

Adds an item to the IList. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

IList.Clear() IList.Clear() IList.Clear() IList.Clear()

Removes all items from the IList. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

IList.Contains(Object) IList.Contains(Object) IList.Contains(Object) IList.Contains(Object)

Determines whether the IList contains a specific value.

IList.IndexOf(Object) IList.IndexOf(Object) IList.IndexOf(Object) IList.IndexOf(Object)

Determines the index of a specific item in the IList.

IList.Insert(Int32, Object) IList.Insert(Int32, Object) IList.Insert(Int32, Object) IList.Insert(Int32, Object)

Inserts an item to the IList at the specified index. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

IList.IsFixedSize IList.IsFixedSize IList.IsFixedSize IList.IsFixedSize

Gets a value indicating whether the IList has a fixed size.

IList.IsReadOnly IList.IsReadOnly IList.IsReadOnly IList.IsReadOnly

Gets a value indicating whether the IList is read-only.

IList.Item[Int32] IList.Item[Int32] IList.Item[Int32] IList.Item[Int32]

Gets the element at the specified index. A NotSupportedException occurs if you try to set the item at the specified index.

IList.Remove(Object) IList.Remove(Object) IList.Remove(Object) IList.Remove(Object)

Removes the first occurrence of a specific object from the IList. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

IList.RemoveAt(Int32) IList.RemoveAt(Int32) IList.RemoveAt(Int32) IList.RemoveAt(Int32)

Removes the IList item at the specified index. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

IList<T>.Insert(Int32, T) IList<T>.Insert(Int32, T) IList<T>.Insert(Int32, T) IList<T>.Insert(Int32, T)

Inserts an item to the IList<T> at the specified index. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

IList<T>.Item[Int32] IList<T>.Item[Int32] IList<T>.Item[Int32] IList<T>.Item[Int32]

Gets the element at the specified index. An NotSupportedException occurs if you try to set the item at the specified index.

IList<T>.RemoveAt(Int32) IList<T>.RemoveAt(Int32) IList<T>.RemoveAt(Int32) IList<T>.RemoveAt(Int32)

Removes the IList<T> item at the specified index. This implementation always throws NotSupportedException.

Extension Methods

CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a DataTable that contains copies of the DataRow objects, given an input IEnumerable<T> object where the generic parameter T is DataRow.

CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption)

Copies DataRow objects to the specified DataTable, given an input IEnumerable<T> object where the generic parameter T is DataRow.

CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption, FillErrorEventHandler) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption, FillErrorEventHandler) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption, FillErrorEventHandler) CopyToDataTable<T>(IEnumerable<T>, DataTable, LoadOption, FillErrorEventHandler)

Copies DataRow objects to the specified DataTable, given an input IEnumerable<T> object where the generic parameter T is DataRow.

Cast<TResult>(IEnumerable) Cast<TResult>(IEnumerable) Cast<TResult>(IEnumerable) Cast<TResult>(IEnumerable)

Casts the elements of an IEnumerable to the specified type.

OfType<TResult>(IEnumerable) OfType<TResult>(IEnumerable) OfType<TResult>(IEnumerable) OfType<TResult>(IEnumerable)

Filters the elements of an IEnumerable based on a specified type.

AsParallel(IEnumerable) AsParallel(IEnumerable) AsParallel(IEnumerable) AsParallel(IEnumerable)

Enables parallelization of a query.

AsQueryable(IEnumerable) AsQueryable(IEnumerable) AsQueryable(IEnumerable) AsQueryable(IEnumerable)

Converts an IEnumerable to an IQueryable.

Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of elements that contains the ancestors of every node in the source collection.

Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Ancestors<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName)

Returns a filtered collection of elements that contains the ancestors of every node in the source collection. Only elements that have a matching XName are included in the collection.

DescendantNodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>) DescendantNodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>) DescendantNodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>) DescendantNodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of the descendant nodes of every document and element in the source collection.

Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of elements that contains the descendant elements of every element and document in the source collection.

Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Descendants<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName)

Returns a filtered collection of elements that contains the descendant elements of every element and document in the source collection. Only elements that have a matching XName are included in the collection.

Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of the child elements of every element and document in the source collection.

Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName) Elements<T>(IEnumerable<T>, XName)

Returns a filtered collection of the child elements of every element and document in the source collection. Only elements that have a matching XName are included in the collection.

InDocumentOrder<T>(IEnumerable<T>) InDocumentOrder<T>(IEnumerable<T>) InDocumentOrder<T>(IEnumerable<T>) InDocumentOrder<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of nodes that contains all nodes in the source collection, sorted in document order.

Nodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Nodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Nodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Nodes<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Returns a collection of the child nodes of every document and element in the source collection.

Remove<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Remove<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Remove<T>(IEnumerable<T>) Remove<T>(IEnumerable<T>)

Removes every node in the source collection from its parent node.

Applies to

Thread Safety

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

A ReadOnlyCollection<T> can support multiple readers concurrently, as long as the collection is not modified. Even so, 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.

See also