Type.Equals Type.Equals Type.Equals Type.Equals Method

Definition

Determines if the underlying system type of the current Type is the same as the underlying system type of the specified Object or Type.

Overloads

Equals(Type) Equals(Type) Equals(Type) Equals(Type)

Determines if the underlying system type of the current Type is the same as the underlying system type of the specified Type.

Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object)

Determines if the underlying system type of the current Type object is the same as the underlying system type of the specified Object.

Equals(Type) Equals(Type) Equals(Type) Equals(Type)

Determines if the underlying system type of the current Type is the same as the underlying system type of the specified Type.

public:
 virtual bool Equals(Type ^ o);
public virtual bool Equals (Type o);
override this.Equals : Type -> bool
Public Overridable Function Equals (o As Type) As Boolean
Parameters
o
Type Type Type Type

The object whose underlying system type is to be compared with the underlying system type of the current Type.

Returns

true if the underlying system type of o is the same as the underlying system type of the current Type; otherwise, false.

Implements

Examples

The following example uses Equals to compare two types.


using System;
using System.Reflection;

class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {

        Type a = typeof(System.String);
        Type b = typeof(System.Int32);

        Console.WriteLine("{0} == {1}: {2}", a, b, a.Equals(b));

        // The Type objects in a and b are not equal,
        // because they represent different types.

        a = typeof(Example);
        b = new Example().GetType();

        Console.WriteLine("{0} is equal to {1}: {2}", a, b, a.Equals(b));

        // The Type objects in a and b are equal,
        // because they both represent type Example.

        b = typeof(Type);

        Console.WriteLine("typeof({0}).Equals(typeof({1})): {2}", a, b, a.Equals(b));

        // The Type objects in a and b are not equal,
        // because variable a represents type Example
        // and variable b represents type Type.

        //Console.ReadLine();

    }
}

//
/* This code example produces the following output:
    System.String == System.Int32: False
    Example is equal to Example: True
    typeof(Example).Equals(typeof(System.Type)): False
*/
Imports System
Imports System.Reflection



Class Example
    
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        
        Dim a As Type = GetType(System.String)
        Dim b As Type = GetType(System.Int32)
        
        Console.WriteLine("{0} = {1}: {2}", a, b, a.Equals(b))
        ' The Type objects in a and b are not equal,
        ' because they represent different types.

        a = GetType(Example)
        b = New Example().GetType()
        Console.WriteLine("{0} is equal to {1}: {2}", a, b, a.Equals(b))
        ' The Type objects in a and b are equal,
        ' because they both represent type Example.

        b = GetType(Type)
        Console.WriteLine("typeof({0}).Equals(typeof({1})): {2}", a, b, a.Equals(b))
        ' The Type objects in a and b are not equal,
        ' because variable a represents type Example
        ' and variable b represents type Type.

        'Console.ReadLine()
    
    End Sub 
End Class
'
' This code example produces the following output:
'    System.String = System.Int32: False
'    Example is equal to Example: True
'    typeof(Example).Equals(typeof(System.Type)): False
'
See Also

Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object) Equals(Object)

Determines if the underlying system type of the current Type object is the same as the underlying system type of the specified Object.

public:
 override bool Equals(System::Object ^ o);
public override bool Equals (object o);
override this.Equals : obj -> bool
Public Overrides Function Equals (o As Object) As Boolean
Parameters
o
Object Object Object Object

The object whose underlying system type is to be compared with the underlying system type of the current Type. For the comparison to succeed, o must be able to be cast or converted to an object of type Type.

Returns

true if the underlying system type of o is the same as the underlying system type of the current Type; otherwise, false. This method also returns false if: .

  • o is null.

  • o cannot be cast or converted to a Type object.

Implements

Examples

The following example uses Equals(Object) to compare various Type object instances with various Object instances.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Reflection;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Type t =typeof(int);
      Object obj1 = typeof(int).GetTypeInfo();
      IsEqualTo(t, obj1);

      Object obj2 = typeof(String);
      IsEqualTo(t, obj2);
      
      t = typeof(Object);
      Object obj3 = typeof(Object);
      IsEqualTo(t, obj3);
      
      t = typeof(List<>);
      Object obj4 = (new List<String>()).GetType();
      IsEqualTo(t, obj4);
      
      t = typeof(Type);
      Object obj5 = null;
      IsEqualTo(t, obj5);
   }
   
   private static void IsEqualTo(Type t, Object inst)
   {
      Type t2 = inst as Type;
      if (t2 != null)
         Console.WriteLine("{0} = {1}: {2}", t.Name, t2.Name,
                           t.Equals(t2));
      else
         Console.WriteLine("Cannot cast the argument to a type.");

      Console.WriteLine();                        
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       Int32 = Int32: True
//       
//       Int32 = String: False
//       
//       Object = Object: True
//       
//       List`1 = List`1: False
//       
//       Cannot cast the argument to a type.
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Reflection

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim t As Type = GetType(Integer)
      Dim obj1 As Object = GetType(Integer).GetTypeInfo()
      IsEqualTo(t, obj1)

      Dim obj2 As Object = GetType(String)
      IsEqualTo(t, obj2)
      
      t = GetType(Object)
      Dim obj3 As Object = GetType(Object)
      IsEqualTo(t, obj3)
      
      t = GetType(List(Of ))
      Dim obj4 As Object = (New List(Of String())).GetType()
      IsEqualTo(t, obj4)
      
      t = GetType(Type)
      Dim obj5 As Object = Nothing
      IsEqualTo(t, obj5)
   End Sub
   
   Private Sub IsEqualTo(t As Type, inst As Object)
      Dim t2 As Type = TryCast(inst, Type)
      If t2 IsNot Nothing Then
         Console.WriteLine("{0} = {1}: {2}", t.Name, t2.Name,
                           t.Equals(t2))
      Else
         Console.WriteLine("Cannot cast the argument to a type.")
      End If
      Console.WriteLine()                        
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       Int32 = Int32: True
'       
'       Int32 = String: False
'       
'       Object = Object: True
'       
'       List`1 = List`1: False
'       
'       Cannot cast the argument to a type.

Two things are particularly worth noting about the example:

  • The comparison of a Type object that represents an integer with a TypeInfo object that represents an integer return true because TypeInfo is derived from Type.

  • The comparison of a Type object that represents a IList<T> object (an open generic type) with a List(Of String) object (a closed generic type) returns false.

Remarks

This method overrides Object.Equals. It casts o to an object of type Type and calls the Type.Equals(Type) method.

See Also

Applies to