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What is the basic difference between Collection and Generics?
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Briefly, the basic difference between generic and non-generic collections:

- Non-Generic collections - These are the collections that can hold elements of different data types. It holds all elements as object type.
So it includes overhead of type conversions.

- Generic collections - These are the collections that can hold data of same type and we can decide what type of data that collections can hold.

Some advantages of generic collections - Type Safe, Secure, reduced overhead of type conversions.

You can read more about generics here[^]. :)

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Prashant Srivastava LKO 19-Dec-11 12:59pm
   
Nice answer
Maybe it is similar to the difference between, say, searching the info with Google [^] or Bing [^]?
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<b><u>Here is the exmaple of the Generic collections
</u></b>


public class MyCustomList<MYTYPE>
{
private ArrayList m_list = new ArrayList();
public int Add(myType value)
{
return m_list.Add(value);
}

public void Remove(myType value)
{
m_list.Remove(value);
}

public myType this[int index]
{
get
{
return (myType)m_list[index];
}
set
{
m_list[index] = value;
}
}
}
   

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