[ACCEPTED]-ArrayList vs List<object>-arraylist
You'll be able to use the LINQ extension 8 methods directly with
List<object>, but not with
ArrayList, unless 7 you inject a
OfType<object> (thanks to
IEnumerable). That's 6 worth quite a bit, even if you don't need 5 type safety etc.
The speed will be about 4 the same; structs will still be boxed, etc 3 - so there isn't much else to tell them 2 apart. Except that I tend to see
ArrayList as "oops, somebody 1 is writing legacy code again..." ;-p
One big benefit to using
List<object> is that these 8 days most code is written to use the generic 7 classes/interfaces. I suspect that these 6 days most people would write a method that 5 takes a
IList<object> instead of an
ArrayList doesn't 4 implement
IList<object> you wouldn't be able to use an 3 array list in these scenarios.
I tend to 2 think of the non-generic classes/interfaces 1 as legacy code and avoid them whenever possible.
In this case,
List<Object> then you won't notice 6 any differences in speed. There might be 5 some differences in the actual methods available 4 on each of these, particular in .NET 3.5 3 and counting extension methods, but that 2 has more to do with ArrayList being somewhat 1 deprecated than anything else.
Yes, besides being typesafe, generic collections 6 might be actually faster.
The 5 System.Collections.Generic namespace contains interfaces and classes 4 that define generic collections, which 3 allow users to create strongly typed collections 2 that provide better type safety and performance 1 than non-generic strongly typed collections.
Do some benchmarking and you will know what 2 performs best. I guestimate that the difference 1 is very small.
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