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C#-Collections

In the C#, Collection classes serve various purposes, such as allocating memory dynamically to elements and accessing a list of items based on an index, etc. These classes create collections of objects of the Object class, which is the base class for all data types in C#.

  • store object
  • update object
  • delete object
  • retrieve object
  • search object, and
  • sort object

You can store objects in an array or collection. The collection has an advantage over the array. The array has a size limit but objects stored in the collection can grow or shrink dynamically.

Types of Collections in C#

There are 3 ways to work with collections which are given below.

  1. System.Collections.Generic classes
  2. System.Collections classes (Now deprecated)
  3. System.Collections.Concurrent classes


1) System.Collections.Generic classes

  • List
  • Stack
  • Queue
  • LinkedList
  • HashSet
  • SortedSet
  • Dictionary
  • SortedDictionary
  • SortedList


2) System.Collections classes

These classes are legacy. It is suggested now to use System.Collections.Generic classes. The System. Collections namespace has the following classes:

  • ArrayList
  • Stack
  • Queue
  • Hashtable

3) System.Collections.Concurrent classes

The System.Collections.Concurrent namespace provides classes for thread-safe operations. Now multiple threads will not create problems for accessing the collection items.

  • BlockingCollection
  • ConcurrentBag
  • ConcurrentStack
  • ConcurrentQueue
  • ConcurrentDictionary
  • Partitioner
  • Partitioner
  • OrderablePartitioner