Using List instead of ArrayList in C# – part 2

The code can compile without error.


staticvoid Main(string[] args)


  ArrayList lstString = newArrayList { “Programming”, 1, “Research”, “Design”, “Interface” };


  //Loop through all the element

  foreach (string s in lstString)






What happen if you run the code above?


You will receive an error message “Unable to cast object of type ‘System.Int32’ to type ‘System.String’”.



To catch the error at compile time then change


ArrayList lstString = newArrayList { “Programming”, 1, “Research”, “Design”, “Interface” };




List<string> lstString = newList<string> { “Programming”, 1, “Research”, “Design”, “Interface” };


Then you will see the compile time error.


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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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