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For some C# collection types, a call to Count() may have to enumerate the entire collection to determine the number of elements.

.NET 6 has introduced a new method TryGetNonEnumeratedCount() to count the number of elements in a sequence more efficiently.

From the API docs:

The method performs a series of type tests, identifying common subtypes whose count can be determined without enumerating; this includes ICollection<T>, ICollection as well as internal types used in the LINQ implementation.

The method really just avoids the developer having to check the underlying type of a collection - you may still need to call Count() when it cannot determine the count quickly and so returns false and the out parameter returns 0.