Correct way to delete all SPListItems

Today while coding a Sharepoint timer job I needed to clean my SPList.

I tried common ways of deleting using "foreach" and "for i++ ..." but I got the error. I couldn't delete list and create it again in timer job because of custom views. As usually for SharePoint solution is not ordinary 🙂

So, as it turned out, correct syntax of deleting all SPListItems is using "for i--":



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  3. The best practice is do not call SPList.Items.Count. Use SPList.ItemCount instead.

    Comment by Carlos Sosa — July 8, 2014 @ 10:36 am

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