#555 – Enumerable Objects and Enumerators

An enumerable object is a type that represents a sequence of elements.  The type implements either the IEnumerable or IEnumerable<T> interface, which means that it implements a GetEnumerator method, which is called to get the enumerator for the enumerable class.

An enumerator is an object that knows how to move through a sequence of elements.  It implements either the IEnumerator or IEnumerator<T> interface, which means that it exposes a Current property that points to the current element in the sequence and a MoveNext method that moves to the next element.

You can think of an enumerator as a sort of pointer into a sequence of elements.

Enumerators, used on enumerable objects, are the internal mechanism that allows using a foreach statement to iterate through a collection of items.

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One Response to #555 – Enumerable Objects and Enumerators

  1. Pingback: #560 – Returning an Enumerator from an Iterator « 2,000 Things You Should Know About C#

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