When To Use Array And When To Use An Array List
Posted on 2006-03-23
I have been working with .NET for almost a year now and have slowly begun to gain a deeper understanding but still have a few general questions. I am making more generic classes to handle processing and while doing this I have run into various occasions where I need to use collections to store various string or other class values.
It seems that when using an ArrayList there is a bit of guilt where I am saying "you should try to use just an array". Can anyone comment on this and bring me up to speed. My next project calls for a class that iterates through a collection of another custom classes. I am trying to figure out if I should use an array or an arraylist. My biggest problem with using just an array is I remember an Array having to have a default value when it is created, which stumps me when I am creating a collection in a class to contain other classes and have no clue as to the size of the array.
Any tips and best practices are greatly apperciated.
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