IComparer.Compare(Object, Object) IComparer.Compare(Object, Object) IComparer.Compare(Object, Object) IComparer.Compare(Object, Object) Method

Definition

Compares two objects and returns a value indicating whether one is less than, equal to, or greater than the other.

public:
 int Compare(System::Object ^ x, System::Object ^ y);
public int Compare (object x, object y);
abstract member Compare : obj * obj -> int
Public Function Compare (x As Object, y As Object) As Integer
Parameters
x
Object Object Object Object

The first object to compare.

y
Object Object Object Object

The second object to compare.

Returns

A signed integer that indicates the relative values of x and y:
- If less than 0, x is less than y.
- If 0, x equals y.
- If greater than 0, x is greater than y.

Exceptions

Neither x nor y implements the IComparable interface.

-or-

x and y are of different types and neither one can handle comparisons with the other.

Examples

The following example uses the IComparer interface to sort a string array. In this example, the Compare method is implemented using the CaseInsensitiveComparer class to reverse the order of the contents of the array.

using System;
using System.Collections;

public class Example  
{
   public class ReverserClass : IComparer  
   {
      // Call CaseInsensitiveComparer.Compare with the parameters reversed.
      int IComparer.Compare(Object x, Object y)  
      {
          return ((new CaseInsensitiveComparer()).Compare(y, x));
      }
   }

   public static void Main()  
   {
      // Initialize a string array.
      string[] words = { "The", "quick", "brown", "fox", "jumps", "over",
                         "the", "lazy", "dog" };
 
      // Display the array values.
      Console.WriteLine("The array initially contains the following values:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues(words);
 
      // Sort the array values using the default comparer.
      Array.Sort(words);
      Console.WriteLine("After sorting with the default comparer:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues(words);

      // Sort the array values using the reverse case-insensitive comparer.
      Array.Sort(words, new ReverserClass());
      Console.WriteLine("After sorting with the reverse case-insensitive comparer:");
      PrintIndexAndValues(words);

   }
 
   public static void PrintIndexAndValues(IEnumerable list)  
   {
      int i = 0;
      foreach (var item in list )
         Console.WriteLine($"   [{i++}]:  {item}");

      Console.WriteLine();
   }

}
// The example displays the following output:
//       The array initially contains the following values:
//          [0]:  The
//          [1]:  quick
//          [2]:  brown
//          [3]:  fox
//          [4]:  jumps
//          [5]:  over
//          [6]:  the
//          [7]:  lazy
//          [8]:  dog
//       
//       After sorting with the default comparer:
//          [0]:  brown
//          [1]:  dog
//          [2]:  fox
//          [3]:  jumps
//          [4]:  lazy
//          [5]:  over
//          [6]:  quick
//          [7]:  the
//          [8]:  The
//       
//       After sorting with the reverse case-insensitive comparer:
//          [0]:  the
//          [1]:  The
//          [2]:  quick
//          [3]:  over
//          [4]:  lazy
//          [5]:  jumps
//          [6]:  fox
//          [7]:  dog
//          [8]:  brown
Imports System.Collections

Public Class Example
   Public Class ReverserClass : Implements IComparer
      ' Call CaseInsensitiveComparer.Compare with the parameters reversed.
      Public Function Compare(ByVal x As Object, ByVal y As Object) As Integer _
             Implements IComparer.Compare
         Return New CaseInsensitiveComparer().Compare(y, x)
      End Function 
   End Class

   Public Shared Sub Main()
      ' Initialize a string array.
      Dim words() As String = { "The", "quick", "brown", "fox", "jumps", "over",
                         "the", "lazy", "dog" }

      ' Display the array values.
      Console.WriteLine("The array initially contains the following values:")
      PrintIndexAndValues(words)

      ' Sort the array values of the ArrayList using the default comparer.
      Array.Sort(words)
      Console.WriteLine("After sorting with the default comparer:")
      PrintIndexAndValues(words)

      ' Sort the array values using the reverse case-insensitive comparer.
      Array.Sort(words, new ReverserClass())
      Console.WriteLine("After sorting with the reverse case-insensitive comparer:")
      PrintIndexAndValues(words)
   End Sub 

   Public Shared Sub PrintIndexAndValues(list As IEnumerable)
      Dim i As Integer = 0
      For Each item In  list
         Console.WriteLine($"   [{i}]:  {item}")
         i += 1
      Next
      Console.WriteLine()
   End Sub 
End Class
' The example displays the following output:
'       The array initially contains the following values:
'          [0]:  The
'          [1]:  quick
'          [2]:  brown
'          [3]:  fox
'          [4]:  jumps
'          [5]:  over
'          [6]:  the
'          [7]:  lazy
'          [8]:  dog
'       
'       After sorting with the default comparer:
'          [0]:  brown
'          [1]:  dog
'          [2]:  fox
'          [3]:  jumps
'          [4]:  lazy
'          [5]:  over
'          [6]:  quick
'          [7]:  the
'          [8]:  The
'       
'       After sorting with the reverse case-insensitive comparer:
'          [0]:  the
'          [1]:  The
'          [2]:  quick
'          [3]:  over
'          [4]:  lazy
'          [5]:  jumps
'          [6]:  fox
'          [7]:  dog
'          [8]:  brown

Remarks

The preferred implementation is to use the CompareTo method of one of the parameters.

Comparing null with any type is allowed and does not generate an exception when using IComparable. When sorting, null is considered to be less than any other object.

Applies to

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