Returning a Distinct list of values from an array or IEnumerable collection

I recently had a list of Guids in a string which was returned from a group of checkboxes with identical names. I wanted to itterate through Guids and process each one only once. Basicaly, ignoring duplicates.

I didn't have to look very far before I discovered the .Distinct() method. See example below:

string[] allAnimals = 

foreach (string animal in allAnimals.Distinct())

The output?


This triggered me to look at some of the other IEnumerable methods I'd ignored. My favourites so far are:




Author Paul Hayman

Paul is the COO of kwiboo ltd and has more than 20 years IT consultancy experience. He has consulted for a number of blue chip companies and has been exposed to the folowing sectors: Utilities, Telecommunications, Insurance, Media, Investment Banking, Leisure, Legal, CRM, Pharmaceuticals, Interactive Gaming, Mobile Communications, Online Services.

Paul is the COO and co-founder of kwiboo ( and is also the creator of GeekZilla.

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