This table gives you an overview of all collections in the System.Collections and System.Collections.Specialized namespaces.
|System.Array||?||Predefined size, used for passing data around.|
|ArrayList||Object||Easy to work with, provides basic collection functionality and can easily be converted to an Array.|
Manages a compact array of bit values, which are represented as Booleans
|CollectionBase||?||Abstract base for building your own collection classes.|
|DictionaryBase||Object||?||Abstract base for building your own collection classes using a key-value pair.|
|HashTable||Object||Object||Provides high performance access to items in the key-value pair collection, by a specific key.|
|Queue||Object||Implements the FIFO mechanism.|
|ReadOnlyCollectionBase||Object||Abstract base for building your own read-only collection classes.|
|SortedList||Object (sorted)||Object||Provides access to items in the collection by a specific key or an index (GetByIndex(int)).|
|Stack||Object||Implements the LIFO mechanism.|
|Object||Object||Uses internally a ListDictionary class when the collection is small, and switches automatically to a Hashtable class when the collection gets large.|
|Specialized.ListDictionary||Object||Object||Is designed to be used for collections with 10 or less items, while the Hashtable is designed to contain more items.|
|Specialized.NameObjectCollectionBase||String||?||Abstract base for building your own collection classes using a key-value pair.|
|Specialized.NameValueCollection||String (sorted)||String||NameValueCollection class is the strong type equivalent of the SortedList class, for the String class.|
|Specialized.StringCollection||Object||Strongly typed ArrayList for the String class.|
|Specialized.StringDictionary||String||String||Strongly typed Hashtable for the String class, not sorted.|
Read also Jan Tielens article on the MSDN Belux website.
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