Of clause, which identifies a type parameter on a generic class, structure, interface, delegate, or procedure. For information on generic types, see Generic Types in Visual Basic.
Using the Of Keyword
The following code example uses the
Of keyword to define the outline of a class that takes two type parameters. It constrains the
keyType parameter by the IComparable interface, which means the consuming code must supply a type argument that implements IComparable. This is necessary so that the
add procedure can call the IComparable.CompareTo method. For more information on constraints, see Type List.
Public Class Dictionary(Of entryType, keyType As IComparable) Public Sub add(ByVal e As entryType, ByVal k As keyType) Dim dk As keyType If k.CompareTo(dk) = 0 Then End If End Sub Public Function find(ByVal k As keyType) As entryType End Function End Class
If you complete the preceding class definition, you can construct a variety of
dictionary classes from it. The types you supply to
keyType determine what type of entry the class holds and what type of key it associates with each entry. Because of the constraint, you must supply to
keyType a type that implements IComparable.
The following code example creates an object that holds
String entries and associates an
Integer key with each one.
Integer implements IComparable and therefore satisfies the constraint on
Dim d As New dictionary(Of String, Integer)
Of keyword can be used in these contexts: