I found a simple solution to a very common problem. While profiling I found that remove in this little method took a lot of the time.
public void MovePropertyFirst(IProperty property)
The reason was, that it's time consuming to compare the properties by equality, for complex types. I think that in most(?) cases we want to delete the very same instance we supply as parameter to the remove method.
So I implemented a ReferenceEquals based remove, and by that I cut the time spent in remove by about 72 times!
public static bool RemoveFrom<T>(this IList<T> list, T itemToRemove)
if(list.Count == 0)
int index = 0;
foreach (var item in list)
if (ReferenceEquals(item, itemToRemove))
Debug.Assert(false, "Item to delete not found");
//equality based fall back