# Decimal.CompareTo Method

## Definition

Compares this instance to a specified object or Decimal and returns an indication of their relative values.

 CompareTo(Decimal) Compares this instance to a specified Decimal object and returns a comparison of their relative values. CompareTo(Object) Compares this instance to a specified object and returns a comparison of their relative values.

## CompareTo(Decimal)

Compares this instance to a specified Decimal object and returns a comparison of their relative values.

``````public:
virtual int CompareTo(System::Decimal value);``````
``public int CompareTo (decimal value);``
``````abstract member CompareTo : decimal -> int
override this.CompareTo : decimal -> int``````
``Public Function CompareTo (value As Decimal) As Integer``

#### Parameters

value
Decimal

The object to compare with this instance.

#### Returns

Int32

A signed number indicating the relative values of this instance and `value`.

Return value Meaning
Less than zero This instance is less than `value`.
Zero This instance is equal to `value`.
Greater than zero This instance is greater than `value`.

### Examples

The following code example demonstrates generic and nongeneric versions of the CompareTo method for several value and reference types.

``````// This example demonstrates the two versions of the
// CompareTo method for several base types.
// The general version takes a parameter of type Object, while the specific
// version takes a type-specific parameter, such as Boolean, Int32, or Double.
using namespace System;

void Show( String^ caption, Object^ var1, Object^ var2, int resultGeneric, int resultNonGeneric )
{
String^ relation;
Console::Write( caption );
if ( resultGeneric == resultNonGeneric )
{
if ( resultGeneric < 0 )
relation = "less than";
else
if ( resultGeneric > 0 )
relation = "greater than";
else
relation = "equal to";
Console::WriteLine( "{0} is {1} {2}", var1, relation, var2 );
}
// The following condition will never occur because the generic and non-generic
// CompareTo methods are equivalent.
else
{
Console::WriteLine( "Generic CompareTo = {0}; non-generic CompareTo = {1}", resultGeneric, resultNonGeneric );
}
}

int main()
{
String^ nl = Environment::NewLine;
String^ msg = "{0}The following is the result of using the generic and non-generic{0}"
"versions of the CompareTo method for several base types:{0}";
Object^ obj; // An Object used to insure CompareTo(Object) is called.

DateTime now = DateTime::Now;

// Time span = 11 days, 22 hours, 33 minutes, 44 seconds
TimeSpan tsX = TimeSpan(11,22,33,44);

// Version = 1.2.333.4
Version^ versX = gcnew Version(  "1.2.333.4" );

// Guid = CA761232-ED42-11CE-BACD-00AA0057B223
Guid guidX = Guid( "{CA761232-ED42-11CE-BACD-00AA0057B223}");
Boolean a1 = true,a2 = true;
Byte b1 = 1,b2 = 1;
Int16 c1 = -2,c2 = 2;
Int32 d1 = 3,d2 = 3;
Int64 e1 = 4,e2 = -4;
Decimal f1 = Decimal(-5.5), f2 = Decimal(5.5);
Single g1 = 6.6f,g2 = 6.6f;
Double h1 = 7.7,h2 = -7.7;
Char i1 = 'A',i2 = 'A';
String^ j1 = "abc", ^j2 = "abc";
DateTime k1 = now,k2 = now;
TimeSpan l1 = tsX,l2 = tsX;
Version^ m1 = versX, ^m2 = gcnew Version(  "2.0" );
Guid n1 = guidX,n2 = guidX;

// The following types are not CLS-compliant.
SByte w1 = 8,w2 = 8;
UInt16 x1 = 9,x2 = 9;
UInt32 y1 = 10,y2 = 10;
UInt64 z1 = 11,z2 = 11;

//
Console::WriteLine( msg, nl );
try
{
Show( "Boolean: ", a1, a2, a1.CompareTo( a2 ), a1.CompareTo( a2 ) );
Show( "Byte:    ", b1, b2, b1.CompareTo( b2 ), b1.CompareTo( b2 ) );
Show( "Int16:   ", c1, c2, c1.CompareTo( c2 ), c1.CompareTo( c2 ) );
Show( "Int32:   ", d1, d2, d1.CompareTo( d2 ), d1.CompareTo( d2 ) );
Show( "Int64:   ", e1, e2, e1.CompareTo( e2 ), e1.CompareTo( e2 ) );
Show( "Decimal: ", f1, f2, f1.CompareTo( f2 ), f1.CompareTo( f2 ) );
Show( "Single:  ", g1, g2, g1.CompareTo( g2 ), g1.CompareTo( g2 ) );
Show( "Double:  ", h1, h2, h1.CompareTo( h2 ), h1.CompareTo( h2 ) );
Show( "Char:    ", i1, i2, i1.CompareTo( i2 ), i1.CompareTo( i2 ) );

// Use an anonymous object to hide the String object.
obj = j2;
Show( "String:  ", j1, j2, j1->CompareTo( j2 ), j1->CompareTo( obj ) );
Show( "DateTime:", k1, k2, k1.CompareTo( k2 ), k1.CompareTo( k2 ) );
Show(  "TimeSpan: ", l1, l2, l1.CompareTo( l2 ), l1.CompareTo( l2 ) );

// Use an anonymous object to hide the Version object.
obj = m2;
Show(  "Version:  ", m1, m2, m1->CompareTo( m2 ), m1->CompareTo( obj ) );
Show(  "Guid:     ", n1, n2, n1.CompareTo( n2 ), n1.CompareTo( n2 ) );

//
Console::WriteLine( "{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant:", nl );
Show( "SByte:   ", w1, w2, w1.CompareTo( w2 ), w1.CompareTo( w2 ) );
Show( "UInt16:  ", x1, x2, x1.CompareTo( x2 ), x1.CompareTo( x2 ) );
Show( "UInt32:  ", y1, y2, y1.CompareTo( y2 ), y1.CompareTo( y2 ) );
Show( "UInt64:  ", z1, z2, z1.CompareTo( z2 ), z1.CompareTo( z2 ) );
}
catch ( Exception^ e )
{
Console::WriteLine( e );
}

}
//     This example displays the following output:
//
//     The following is the result of using the generic and non-generic versions of the
//     CompareTo method for several base types:
//
//     Boolean:  True is equal to True
//     Byte:     1 is equal to 1
//     Int16:    -2 is less than 2
//     Int32:    3 is equal to 3
//     Int64:    4 is greater than -4
//     Decimal:  -5.5 is less than 5.5
//     Single:   6.6 is equal to 6.6
//     Double:   7.7 is greater than -7.7
//     Char:     A is equal to A
//     String:   abc is equal to abc
//     DateTime: 12/1/2003 5:37:46 PM is equal to 12/1/2003 5:37:46 PM
//     TimeSpan: 11.22:33:44 is equal to 11.22:33:44
//     Version:  1.2.333.4 is less than 2.0
//     Guid:     ca761232-ed42-11ce-bacd-00aa0057b223 is equal to ca761232-ed42-11ce-bacd-00
//     aa0057b223
//
//     The following types are not CLS-compliant:
//     SByte:    8 is equal to 8
//     UInt16:   9 is equal to 9
//     UInt32:   10 is equal to 10
//     UInt64:   11 is equal to 11
``````
``````// This example demonstrates the generic and non-generic versions of the
// CompareTo method for several base types.
// The non-generic version takes a parameter of type Object, while the generic
// version takes a type-specific parameter, such as Boolean, Int32, or Double.

using System;

class Sample
{
public static void Main()
{
string    nl = Environment.NewLine;
string    msg = "{0}The following is the result of using the generic and non-generic{0}" +
"versions of the CompareTo method for several base types:{0}";

DateTime  now = DateTime.Now;
// Time span = 11 days, 22 hours, 33 minutes, 44 seconds
TimeSpan  tsX = new TimeSpan(11, 22, 33, 44);
// Version = 1.2.333.4
Version   versX = new Version("1.2.333.4");
// Guid = CA761232-ED42-11CE-BACD-00AA0057B223
Guid      guidX = new Guid("{CA761232-ED42-11CE-BACD-00AA0057B223}");

Boolean  a1 = true,  a2 = true;
Byte     b1 = 1,     b2 = 1;
Int16    c1 = -2,    c2 = 2;
Int32    d1 = 3,     d2 = 3;
Int64    e1 = 4,     e2 = -4;
Decimal  f1 = -5.5m, f2 = 5.5m;
Single   g1 = 6.6f,  g2 = 6.6f;
Double   h1 = 7.7d,  h2 = -7.7d;
Char     i1 = 'A',   i2 = 'A';
String   j1 = "abc", j2 = "abc";
DateTime k1 = now,   k2 = now;
TimeSpan l1 = tsX,   l2 = tsX;
Version  m1 = versX, m2 = new Version("2.0");
Guid     n1 = guidX, n2 = guidX;

// The following types are not CLS-compliant.
SByte    w1 = 8,     w2 = 8;
UInt16   x1 = 9,     x2 = 9;
UInt32   y1 = 10,    y2 = 10;
UInt64   z1 = 11,    z2 = 11;
//
Console.WriteLine(msg, nl);
try
{
// The second and third Show method call parameters are automatically boxed because
// the second and third Show method declaration arguments expect type Object.

Show("Boolean:  ", a1, a2, a1.CompareTo(a2), a1.CompareTo((Object)a2));
Show("Byte:     ", b1, b2, b1.CompareTo(b2), b1.CompareTo((Object)b2));
Show("Int16:    ", c1, c2, c1.CompareTo(c2), c1.CompareTo((Object)c2));
Show("Int32:    ", d1, d2, d1.CompareTo(d2), d1.CompareTo((Object)d2));
Show("Int64:    ", e1, e2, e1.CompareTo(e2), e1.CompareTo((Object)e2));
Show("Decimal:  ", f1, f2, f1.CompareTo(f2), f1.CompareTo((Object)f2));
Show("Single:   ", g1, g2, g1.CompareTo(g2), g1.CompareTo((Object)g2));
Show("Double:   ", h1, h2, h1.CompareTo(h2), h1.CompareTo((Object)h2));
Show("Char:     ", i1, i2, i1.CompareTo(i2), i1.CompareTo((Object)i2));
Show("String:   ", j1, j2, j1.CompareTo(j2), j1.CompareTo((Object)j2));
Show("DateTime: ", k1, k2, k1.CompareTo(k2), k1.CompareTo((Object)k2));
Show("TimeSpan: ", l1, l2, l1.CompareTo(l2), l1.CompareTo((Object)l2));
Show("Version:  ", m1, m2, m1.CompareTo(m2), m1.CompareTo((Object)m2));
Show("Guid:     ", n1, n2, n1.CompareTo(n2), n1.CompareTo((Object)n2));
//
Console.WriteLine("{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant:", nl);
Show("SByte:    ", w1, w2, w1.CompareTo(w2), w1.CompareTo((Object)w2));
Show("UInt16:   ", x1, x2, x1.CompareTo(x2), x1.CompareTo((Object)x2));
Show("UInt32:   ", y1, y2, y1.CompareTo(y2), y1.CompareTo((Object)y2));
Show("UInt64:   ", z1, z2, z1.CompareTo(z2), z1.CompareTo((Object)z2));
}
catch (Exception e)
{
Console.WriteLine(e);
}
}

public static void Show(string caption, Object var1, Object var2,
int resultGeneric, int resultNonGeneric)
{
string relation;

Console.Write(caption);
if (resultGeneric == resultNonGeneric)
{
if      (resultGeneric < 0) relation = "less than";
else if (resultGeneric > 0) relation = "greater than";
else                        relation = "equal to";
Console.WriteLine("{0} is {1} {2}", var1, relation, var2);
}

// The following condition will never occur because the generic and non-generic
// CompareTo methods are equivalent.

else
{
Console.WriteLine("Generic CompareTo = {0}; non-generic CompareTo = {1}",
resultGeneric, resultNonGeneric);
}
}
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

The following is the result of using the generic and non-generic versions of the
CompareTo method for several base types:

Boolean:  True is equal to True
Byte:     1 is equal to 1
Int16:    -2 is less than 2
Int32:    3 is equal to 3
Int64:    4 is greater than -4
Decimal:  -5.5 is less than 5.5
Single:   6.6 is equal to 6.6
Double:   7.7 is greater than -7.7
Char:     A is equal to A
String:   abc is equal to abc
DateTime: 12/1/2003 5:37:46 PM is equal to 12/1/2003 5:37:46 PM
TimeSpan: 11.22:33:44 is equal to 11.22:33:44
Version:  1.2.333.4 is less than 2.0
Guid:     ca761232-ed42-11ce-bacd-00aa0057b223 is equal to ca761232-ed42-11ce-bacd-00
aa0057b223

The following types are not CLS-compliant:
SByte:    8 is equal to 8
UInt16:   9 is equal to 9
UInt32:   10 is equal to 10
UInt64:   11 is equal to 11
*/
``````
``````' This example demonstrates the generic and non-generic versions of the
' CompareTo method for several base types.
' The non-generic version takes a parameter of type Object, while the generic
' version takes a type-specific parameter, such as Boolean, Int32, or Double.

Class Sample
Public Shared Sub Main()
Dim nl As String = Environment.NewLine
Dim msg As String = _
"{0}The following is the result of using the generic and non-generic{0}" & _
"versions of the CompareTo method for several base types:{0}"

Dim now As DateTime = DateTime.Now
' Time span = 11 days, 22 hours, 33 minutes, 44 seconds
Dim tsX As New TimeSpan(11, 22, 33, 44)
' Version = 1.2.333.4
Dim versX As New Version("1.2.333.4")
' Guid = CA761232-ED42-11CE-BACD-00AA0057B223
Dim guidX As New Guid("{CA761232-ED42-11CE-BACD-00AA0057B223}")

Dim a1 As [Boolean] = True,    a2 As [Boolean] = True
Dim b1 As [Byte] = 1,          b2 As [Byte] = 1
Dim c1 As Int16 = -2,          c2 As Int16 = 2
Dim d1 As Int32 = 3,           d2 As Int32 = 3
Dim e1 As Int64 = 4,           e2 As Int64 = -4
Dim f1 As [Decimal] = -5.5D,   f2 As [Decimal] = 5.5D
Dim g1 As [Single] = 6.6F,     g2 As [Single] = 6.6F
Dim h1 As [Double] = 7.7,      h2 As [Double] = -7.7
Dim i1 As [Char] = "A"c,       i2 As [Char] = "A"c
Dim j1 As String = "abc",      j2 As String = "abc"
Dim k1 As DateTime = now,      k2 As DateTime = now
Dim l1 As TimeSpan = tsX,      l2 As TimeSpan = tsX
Dim m1 As Version = versX,     m2 As New Version("2.0")
Dim n1 As Guid = guidX,        n2 As Guid = guidX

' The following types are not CLS-compliant.
' SByte, UInt16, UInt32, UInt64

Console.WriteLine(msg, nl)
Try
' The second and third Show method call parameters are automatically boxed because
' the second and third Show method declaration arguments expect type Object.

Show("Boolean:  ", a1, a2, a1.CompareTo(a2), a1.CompareTo(CObj(a2)))
Show("Byte:     ", b1, b2, b1.CompareTo(b2), b1.CompareTo(CObj(b2)))
Show("Int16:    ", c1, c2, c1.CompareTo(c2), c1.CompareTo(CObj(c2)))
Show("Int32:    ", d1, d2, d1.CompareTo(d2), d1.CompareTo(CObj(d2)))
Show("Int64:    ", e1, e2, e1.CompareTo(e2), e1.CompareTo(CObj(e2)))
Show("Decimal:  ", f1, f2, f1.CompareTo(f2), f1.CompareTo(CObj(f2)))
Show("Single:   ", g1, g2, g1.CompareTo(g2), g1.CompareTo(CObj(g2)))
Show("Double:   ", h1, h2, h1.CompareTo(h2), h1.CompareTo(CObj(h2)))
Show("Char:     ", i1, i2, i1.CompareTo(i2), i1.CompareTo(CObj(i2)))
Show("String:   ", j1, j2, j1.CompareTo(j2), j1.CompareTo(CObj(j2)))
Show("DateTime: ", k1, k2, k1.CompareTo(k2), k1.CompareTo(CObj(k2)))
Show("TimeSpan: ", l1, l2, l1.CompareTo(l2), l1.CompareTo(CObj(l2)))
Show("Version:  ", m1, m2, m1.CompareTo(m2), m1.CompareTo(CObj(m2)))
Show("Guid:     ", n1, n2, n1.CompareTo(n2), n1.CompareTo(CObj(n2)))
'
Console.WriteLine("{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant:", nl)
Console.WriteLine("SByte, UInt16, UInt32, UInt64")

Catch e As Exception
Console.WriteLine(e)
End Try
End Sub

Public Shared Sub Show(caption As String, var1 As [Object], var2 As [Object], _
resultGeneric As Integer, resultNonGeneric As Integer)
Dim relation As String

Console.Write(caption)
If resultGeneric = resultNonGeneric Then
If resultGeneric < 0 Then
relation = "less than"
ElseIf resultGeneric > 0 Then
relation = "greater than"
Else
relation = "equal to"
End If
Console.WriteLine("{0} is {1} {2}", var1, relation, var2)

' The following condition will never occur because the generic and non-generic
' CompareTo methods are equivalent.

Else
Console.WriteLine("Generic CompareTo = {0}; non-generic CompareTo = {1}", _
resultGeneric, resultNonGeneric)
End If
End Sub
End Class
'
'This example produces the following results:
'
'The following is the result of using the generic and non-generic versions of the
'CompareTo method for several base types:
'
'Boolean:  True is equal to True
'Byte:     1 is equal to 1
'Int16:    -2 is less than 2
'Int32:    3 is equal to 3
'Int64:    4 is greater than -4
'Decimal:  -5.5 is less than 5.5
'Single:   6.6 is equal to 6.6
'Double:   7.7 is greater than -7.7
'Char:     A is equal to A
'String:   abc is equal to abc
'DateTime: 12/1/2003 5:37:46 PM is equal to 12/1/2003 5:37:46 PM
'TimeSpan: 11.22:33:44 is equal to 11.22:33:44
'Version:  1.2.333.4 is less than 2.0
'Guid:     ca761232-ed42-11ce-bacd-00aa0057b223 is equal to ca761232-ed42-11ce-bacd-00
'aa0057b223
'
'The following types are not CLS-compliant:
'SByte, UInt16, UInt32, UInt64
'
``````

### Remarks

This method implements the System.IComparable<T> interface and performs slightly better than the Decimal.CompareTo method because it does not have to convert the `value` parameter to an object.

Depending on your programming language, it might be possible to code a CompareTo method where the parameter type has fewer bits (is narrower) than the instance type. This is possible because some programming languages perform an implicit widening conversion that represents the parameter as a type with as many bits as the instance.

For example, suppose the instance type is Int32 and the parameter type is Byte. The Microsoft C# compiler generates instructions to represent the parameter as an Int32 object, then generates a Int32.CompareTo method to compare the values of the Int32 instance and the Int32 parameter representation.

Consult your programming language's documentation to determine whether its compiler performs implicit widening conversions on numeric types.

## CompareTo(Object)

Compares this instance to a specified object and returns a comparison of their relative values.

``````public:
virtual int CompareTo(System::Object ^ value);``````
``public int CompareTo (object value);``
``````abstract member CompareTo : obj -> int
override this.CompareTo : obj -> int``````
``Public Function CompareTo (value As Object) As Integer``

#### Parameters

value
Object

The object to compare with this instance, or `null`.

#### Returns

Int32

A signed number indicating the relative values of this instance and `value`.

Return value Meaning
Less than zero This instance is less than `value`.
Zero This instance is equal to `value`.
Greater than zero This instance is greater than `value`, or `value` is `null`.

#### Exceptions

`value` is not a Decimal.

### Examples

The following code example compares several `Decimal` and other objects to a reference `Decimal` value using the `CompareTo` method.

``````// Example of the Decimal::CompareTo and Decimal::Equals instance
// methods.
using namespace System;

// Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
String^ GetExceptionType( Exception^ ex )
{
String^ exceptionType = ex->GetType()->ToString();
return exceptionType->Substring( exceptionType->LastIndexOf( '.' ) + 1 );
}

// Compare the Decimal to the Object parameters,
// and display the Object parameters with the results.
void CompDecimalToObject( Decimal Left, Object^ Right, String^ RightText )
{
Console::WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}", String::Concat( "Object: ", RightText ), Right );
Console::WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}", "Left.Equals( Object )", Left.Equals( Right ) );
Console::Write( "{0,-46}", "Left.CompareTo( Object )" );
try
{

// Catch the exception if CompareTo( ) throws one.
Console::WriteLine( "{0}\n", Left.CompareTo( Right ) );
}
catch ( Exception^ ex )
{
Console::WriteLine( "{0}\n", GetExceptionType( ex ) );
}

}

int main()
{
Console::WriteLine( "This example of the Decimal::Equals( Object* ) and \n"
"Decimal::CompareTo( Object* ) methods generates the \n"
"following output. It creates several different "
"Decimal \nvalues and compares them with the following "
"reference value.\n" );

// Create a reference Decimal value.
Decimal Left = Decimal(987.654);
Console::WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}\n", "Left: Decimal( 987.654 )", Left );

// Create objects to compare with the reference.
CompDecimalToObject( Left, Decimal(9.8765400E+2), "Decimal( 9.8765400E+2 )" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, Decimal::Parse( "987.6541" ), "Decimal::Parse( \"987.6541\" )" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, Decimal::Parse( "987.6539" ), "Decimal::Parse( \"987.6539\" )" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, Decimal(987654000,0,0,false,6), "Decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 )" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, 9.8765400E+2, "Double 9.8765400E+2" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, "987.654", "String \"987.654\"" );
}

/*
This example of the Decimal::Equals( Object* ) and
Decimal::CompareTo( Object* ) methods generates the
following output. It creates several different Decimal
values and compares them with the following reference value.

Left: Decimal( 987.654 )                      987.654

Object: Decimal( 9.8765400E+2 )               987.654
Left.Equals( Object )                         True
Left.CompareTo( Object )                      0

Object: Decimal::Parse( "987.6541" )          987.6541
Left.Equals( Object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( Object )                      -1

Object: Decimal::Parse( "987.6539" )          987.6539
Left.Equals( Object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( Object )                      1

Object: Decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 )  987.654000
Left.Equals( Object )                         True
Left.CompareTo( Object )                      0

Object: Double 9.8765400E+2                   987.654
Left.Equals( Object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( Object )                      ArgumentException

Object: String "987.654"                      987.654
Left.Equals( Object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( Object )                      ArgumentException
*/
``````
``````// Example of the decimal.CompareTo and decimal.Equals instance
// methods.
using System;

class DecCompToEqualsObjDemo
{
// Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
public static string GetExceptionType( Exception ex )
{
string exceptionType = ex.GetType( ).ToString( );
return exceptionType.Substring(
exceptionType.LastIndexOf( '.' ) + 1 );
}

// Compare the decimal to the object parameters,
// and display the object parameters with the results.
public static void CompDecimalToObject( decimal Left,
object Right, string RightText )
{

Console.WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}", "object: "+RightText,
Right );
Console.WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}", "Left.Equals( object )",
Left.Equals( Right ) );
Console.Write( "{0,-46}", "Left.CompareTo( object )" );

try
{
// Catch the exception if CompareTo( ) throws one.
Console.WriteLine( "{0}\n", Left.CompareTo( Right ) );
}
catch( Exception ex )
{
Console.WriteLine( "{0}\n", GetExceptionType( ex ) );
}
}

public static void Main( )
{
Console.WriteLine(
"This example of the decimal.Equals( object ) and \n" +
"decimal.CompareTo( object ) methods generates the \n" +
"following output. It creates several different " +
"decimal \nvalues and compares them with the following " +
"reference value.\n" );

// Create a reference decimal value.
decimal Left = new decimal( 987.654 );

Console.WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}\n",
"Left: decimal( 987.654 )", Left );

// Create objects to compare with the reference.
CompDecimalToObject( Left, new decimal( 9.8765400E+2 ),
"decimal( 9.8765400E+2 )" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, 987.6541M, "987.6541D" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, 987.6539M, "987.6539D" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left,
new decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 ),
"decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 )" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, 9.8765400E+2,
"Double 9.8765400E+2" );
CompDecimalToObject( Left, "987.654", "String \"987.654\"" );
}
}

/*
This example of the decimal.Equals( object ) and
decimal.CompareTo( object ) methods generates the
following output. It creates several different decimal
values and compares them with the following reference value.

Left: decimal( 987.654 )                      987.654

object: decimal( 9.8765400E+2 )               987.654
Left.Equals( object )                         True
Left.CompareTo( object )                      0

object: 987.6541D                             987.6541
Left.Equals( object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( object )                      -1

object: 987.6539D                             987.6539
Left.Equals( object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( object )                      1

object: decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 )  987.654000
Left.Equals( object )                         True
Left.CompareTo( object )                      0

object: Double 9.8765400E+2                   987.654
Left.Equals( object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( object )                      ArgumentException

object: String "987.654"                      987.654
Left.Equals( object )                         False
Left.CompareTo( object )                      ArgumentException
*/
``````
``````' Example of the Decimal.CompareTo and Decimal.Equals instance methods.
Module DecCompToEqualsObjDemo

' Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
Function GetExceptionType( ex As Exception ) As String

Dim exceptionType   As String = ex.GetType( ).ToString( )
Return exceptionType.Substring( _
exceptionType.LastIndexOf( "."c ) + 1 )
End Function

' Compare the Decimal to the Object parameters,
' and display the Object parameters with the results.
Sub CompDecimalToObject( Left as Decimal, Right as Object, _
RightText as String )

Console.WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}", "Object: " & RightText, _
Right )
Console.WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}", "Left.Equals( Object )", _
Left.Equals( Right ) )
Console.Write( "{0,-46}", "Left.CompareTo( Object )" )

' Catch the exception if CompareTo( ) throws one.
Try
Console.WriteLine( "{0}" & vbCrLf, _
Left.CompareTo( Right ) )
Catch ex As Exception
Console.WriteLine( "{0}" & vbCrLf, _
GetExceptionType( ex ) )
End Try
End Sub

Sub Main( )
Console.WriteLine( _
"This example of the Decimal.Equals( Object ) " & _
"and " & vbCrLf & "Decimal.CompareTo( Object ) " & _
"methods generates the " & vbCrLf & _
"following output. It creates several different " & _
"Decimal " & vbCrLf & "values and compares them " & _
"with the following reference value." & vbCrLf )

' Create a reference Decimal value.
Dim Left as New Decimal( 987.654 )

Console.WriteLine( "{0,-46}{1}" & vbCrLf, _
"Left: Decimal( 987.654 )", Left )

' Create objects to compare with the reference.
CompDecimalToObject( Left, New Decimal( 9.8765400E+2 ), _
"Decimal( 9.8765400E+2 )" )
CompDecimalToObject( Left, 987.6541D, "987.6541D" )
CompDecimalToObject( Left, 987.6539D, "987.6539D" )
CompDecimalToObject( Left, _
New Decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 ), _
"Decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 )" )
CompDecimalToObject( Left, 9.8765400E+2, _
"Double 9.8765400E+2" )
CompDecimalToObject( Left, "987.654", _
"String ""987.654""" )
End Sub
End Module

' This example of the Decimal.Equals( Object ) and
' Decimal.CompareTo( Object ) methods generates the
' following output. It creates several different Decimal
' values and compares them with the following reference value.
'
' Left: Decimal( 987.654 )                      987.654
'
' Object: Decimal( 9.8765400E+2 )               987.654
' Left.Equals( Object )                         True
' Left.CompareTo( Object )                      0
'
' Object: 987.6541D                             987.6541
' Left.Equals( Object )                         False
' Left.CompareTo( Object )                      -1
'
' Object: 987.6539D                             987.6539
' Left.Equals( Object )                         False
' Left.CompareTo( Object )                      1
'
' Object: Decimal( 987654000, 0, 0, false, 6 )  987.654000
' Left.Equals( Object )                         True
' Left.CompareTo( Object )                      0
'
' Object: Double 9.8765400E+2                   987.654
' Left.Equals( Object )                         False
' Left.CompareTo( Object )                      ArgumentException
'
' Object: String "987.654"                      987.654
' Left.Equals( Object )                         False
' Left.CompareTo( Object )                      ArgumentException
``````

### Remarks

Any instance of Decimal, regardless of its value, is considered greater than `null`.

Parameter `value` must be `null` or an instance of Decimal; otherwise, an exception is thrown.