C# Skip, SkipWhile Extension Methods

Use the Skip and SkipWhile extension methods to return elements only after a certain number are encountered.
Skip is an extension method. It returns only the elements following a certain number of initial elements that must be ignored. It is found in the System.Linq namespace. It is useful in programs that selectively process elements.LINQ
To start, you must include the System.Linq namespace. This provides the extension methods that act upon the IEnumerable implementations found in many common types such as arrays and Lists.Extension

Array: In this example, the integer array is allocated and immediately filled with six 32-bit signed integers.

Skip call 1: The argument to Skip is the int 2. This will pass over the first two elements and only return those that follow.

Skip call 2: The argument here is 4. The second loop in the example repeats this procedure but for 4 elements.

Lazy: No action is taken until you loop over the resulting variable. Skip takes effect when the foreach queries the variable for the results.

C# program that uses Skip method from LINQ using System; using System.Linq; class Program { static void Main() { // // Array that is IEnumerable for demonstration. // int[] array = { 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 }; // // Get collection of all elements except first two. // var items1 = array.Skip(2); foreach (var value in items1) { Console.WriteLine(value); } // // Call Skip again but skip the first four elements this time. // var items2 = array.Skip(4); foreach (var value in items2) { Console.WriteLine(value); } } } Output 5 The first two numbers in the array are missing. 7 9 11 9 The first four numbers are skipped. 11
SkipWhile. SkipWhile skips over elements matching a condition. This method is provided in the System.Linq namespace for the C# language. With SkipWhile you need to specify a Func condition to skip over values with.

Here: To start, we declare an array that has several values in it. The first three elements are less than 10.

And: We call SkipWhile with a Func that returns true for elements less than 10. The first three elements in the array are skipped.

C# program that shows SkipWhile method using System; using System.Linq; class Program { static void Main() { int[] array = { 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 }; var result = array.SkipWhile(element => element < 10); foreach (int value in result) { Console.WriteLine(value); } } } Output 10 20
Practical uses. What is a practical usage of the SkipWhile method? In your program, you might have some reason to remove elements at the start of a collection that begin with a certain letter or have a property set to a certain value.

Tip: You could use SkipWhile. Then you could call ToArray to ToList to convert the IEnumerable back into an array or List.

Discussion. The Skip extension method is defined in the System.Linq namespace, which is physically located in the System.Core.dll. It is a generic method, which means it requires a type parameter. The C# compiler can infer the correct type parameter.Generic Class, Method
The Skip extension method internally allocates a new class that is compiler-generated and stores the state of the Skip operation. This indicates that using a for-loop and starting at the desired index will be much faster.For

Tip: Often you would use Skip on a collection that cannot be accessed by specific indexes.

Combine Skip with Take. You can also use the Skip extension method in other query method chains in the C# language. Often you may want to combine it with Take, either before the Skip or after.

Note: The Take extension method specifies that you only want to access the following several elements.

So: If you want the middle elements in a sequence, you can Skip over the first several and then Take the part you want.

Take, TakeWhile
Summary. Skip serves to "pass over" several elements in any class that implements the IEnumerable interface. It is most useful on more complex collections or queries. It is implemented in System.Core.dll from the .NET Framework.
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