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Comparer Class

Compares two objects for equivalence, where string comparisons are case-sensitive.

System.Object
  System.Collections.Comparer

Namespace:  System.Collections
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public sealed class Comparer : IComparer, 
	ISerializable

The Comparer type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkComparerInitializes a new instance of the Comparer class using the specified System.Globalization.CultureInfo.
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkComparePerforms a case-sensitive comparison of two objects of the same type and returns a value indicating whether one is less than, equal to, or greater than the other.
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkGetHashCodeServes as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetObjectDataPopulates a SerializationInfo object with the data required for serialization.
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Public fieldStatic memberSupported by the XNA FrameworkDefaultRepresents an instance of Comparer that is associated with the Thread.CurrentCulture of the current thread. This field is read-only.
Public fieldStatic memberSupported by the XNA FrameworkDefaultInvariantRepresents an instance of Comparer that is associated with CultureInfo.InvariantCulture. This field is read-only.
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This class is the default implementation of the IComparer interface. The CaseInsensitiveComparer class is the implementation of the IComparer interface that performs case-insensitive string comparisons.

Comparison procedures use the Thread.CurrentCulture of the current thread unless otherwise specified. String comparisons might have different results depending on the culture. For more information on culture-specific comparisons, see the System.Globalization namespace and Globalizing and Localizing .NET Framework Applications.

The following code example shows how Compare returns different values depending on the culture associated with the Comparer.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Globalization;


public class SamplesComparer  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates the strings to compare.
      String str1 = "llegar";
      String str2 = "lugar";
      Console.WriteLine( "Comparing \"{0}\" and \"{1}\" ...", str1, str2 );

      // Uses the DefaultInvariant Comparer.
      Console.WriteLine( "   Invariant Comparer: {0}", Comparer.DefaultInvariant.Compare( str1, str2 ) );

      // Uses the Comparer based on the culture "es-ES" (Spanish - Spain, international sort).
      Comparer myCompIntl = new Comparer( new CultureInfo( "es-ES", false ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   International Sort: {0}", myCompIntl.Compare( str1, str2 ) );

      // Uses the Comparer based on the culture identifier 0x040A (Spanish - Spain, traditional sort).
      Comparer myCompTrad = new Comparer( new CultureInfo( 0x040A, false ) );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Traditional Sort  : {0}", myCompTrad.Compare( str1, str2 ) );

   }

}

/*
This code produces the following output.

Comparing "llegar" and "lugar" ...
   Invariant Comparer: -1
   International Sort: -1
   Traditional Sort  : 1

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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