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Defines methods to support the comparison of objects for equality.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
'Declaration Public Interface IEqualityComparer(Of In T)
public interface IEqualityComparer<in T>
The type of objects to compare.
This type parameter is contravariant. That is, you can use either the type you specified or any type that is less derived. For more information about covariance and contravariance, see 2678dc63-c7f9-4590-9ddc-0a4df684d42e.
The IEqualityComparer<T> type exposes the following members.
|Equals||Determines whether the specified objects are equal.|
|GetHashCode||Returns a hash code for the specified object.|
This interface allows the implementation of customized equality comparison for collections. That is, you can create your own definition of equality for type T, and specify that this definition be used with a collection type that accepts the IEqualityComparer<T> generic interface. In the .NET Framework, constructors of the Dictionary<TKey, TValue> generic collection type accept this interface.
This interface supports only equality comparisons. Customization of comparisons for sorting and ordering is provided by the IComparer<T> generic interface.
Supported in: 5, 4, 3
Silverlight for Windows Phone
Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0
Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0
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