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Visual C#® 2012: How to Program, Fifth Edition by Harvey Deitel, Paul Deitel

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21.1. Introduction

Chapter 19 discussed how to create and manipulate data structures. The discussion was “low level,” in the sense that we painstakingly created each element of each data structure dynamically with new and modified the data structures by directly manipulating their elements and references to their elements. For the vast majority of apps, there’s no need to build such custom data structures. Instead, you can use the prepackaged data-structure classes provided by the .NET Framework. These classes are known as collection classes—they store collections of data. Each instance of one of these classes is a collection of items. Some examples of collections are the cards you hold in a card game, the songs stored in your computer, the real-estate ...

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