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For each in Me.Controls Part 2

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Chaosian, shall I, in my form_Load() do this:

        For Each ctrl As Control In Me.Controls
            If TypeOf (ctrl) Is Button Then
                myButtons.Add(ctrl.Name, Nothing)
            ElseIf TypeOf (ctrl) Is Label Then
                myLabels.Add(ctrl.Name, Nothing)
            End If
        Next

Something like that, to put all my controls in my Dictionnary tables
Not sure what to put in the value parameter also
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Hi PhilippeRenaud,

the value parameter is what is displayed to the user.  Are myButtons and myLabels Hashtable?

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It was a Dictionnary
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Im noob with HashTable and Dicotnnary actually.
I just gave points in part 1 for the Dictonnary example, i found it great but, I dont know in fact wich one is the Best for wich situation. anyway.
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could you give a link to the first question :o)
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Dictionary is the new type-safe implementation of the collections. You can only use Dictionary and the other generic classes in VS2005.

Your posted code is close... but you need to add the actual control.

For Each ctrl As Control In Me.Controls
            If TypeOf (ctrl) Is Button Then
                myButtons.Add(ctrl.Name, ctrl)
            ElseIf TypeOf (ctrl) Is Label Then
                myLabels.Add(ctrl.Name, ctrl)
            End If
        Next

This way, you'll get the control back as the value from the Dictionary.

Note: trying to put anything other than a button in a Dictionary(of string, button) won't work... you were right to use a separate dictionary for labels.
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by:PhilippeRenaud
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Yes

I did :

    Dim myButtons As Dictionary(Of String, Button)
    Dim myLabels As Dictionary(Of String, Label)

Also, i am getting an error here:
myLabels.Add(ctrl.Name, ctrl)

not sure why, let me try again
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What is the error?
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ok it focus on the lign :  myLabels.Add(ctrl.Name, ctrl)

saying:

System.NullReferenceException was unhandled
  Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
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dont understand why
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