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Hi Friends,

I have a scenario where i need to have a dictionary with a string key and associated two string values like the below.
The key is in bold.
I am using Visual studio 2008,framework 3.5. and c#.


What I have tried:

I tried the following approach:

1. dictionary<string,object>..........where the object encapsulated my two required fields.
But i would have to incur extra casting overhead while fetching the values.

2.Someone suggested me to use


but i guess the list is itself a collection of objects and will also involve the casting overhead.

So guys please help me out....
is there any datastructure in c# that can store multiple values as valuetypes?

Updated 16-May-22 6:56am
Ravi Bhavnani 10-Apr-19 17:20pm    
> is there any datastructure in c# that can store multiple values as valuetypes?

Yes. See Tuple to store 1-8 values.


If you're lazy create a Dictionary of string and Tuple<string,string>.
IDictionary<string, Tuple<string, string>> myDictionary = new Dictionary<string, Tuple<string, string>>();

If you're not lazy, create a class that holds your two strings (I'm going to call them Foo and Bar).
public class MyOwnType {
   public string Foo { get; set; }
   public string Bar { get; set; }
   public MyOwnType(string foo, string bar) {
       Foo = foo;
       Bar = bar;

IDictionary<string, MyOwnType> myDictionary = new Dictionary<string, MyOwnType>();

Hope this helps,
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Maciej Los 10-Apr-19 16:42pm    
Depending on situation, you can use at least several approaches, such as:
1. Dictionary<TKey, List<TValue>>
2. Dictionary<TKey, List<ComplexObject>>
3. Dictionary<TKey, Tuple<TValue1, TValue2>>

Based on MSDN documention[^], you can create a dictionary object to create relationship between file extensions and application which is able to open that extensions. For example:

Dictionary<string, List<string>> openWith = 
            new Dictionary<string, List<string>>();

        // Add some elements to the dictionary. There are no 
        // duplicate keys, but some of the values are duplicates.
        openWith.Add("notepad.exe", new List<string>(){".txt", ".vbs", ".csv"});
        openWith.Add("winword.exe", new List<string>(){".txt", ".vbs", ".csv", ".htm", ".html", ".doc", ".docx", ".dot", ".dotx", ".docm", ".dotm"});
        //and so on...
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