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Math.Sign Method (Decimal)

Returns a value indicating the sign of a decimal number.

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

public static int Sign(
	decimal value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Decimal
A signed Decimal number.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A number indicating the sign of value.

Number

Description

-1

value is less than zero.

0

value is equal to zero.

1

value is greater than zero.

The following example demonstrates how to use the Sign method to determine the sign of a Decimal value and print it to the console.


// This example demonstrates Math.Sign()
using System;

class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      string str = "{0}: {1,3} is {2} zero.";
      string nl = Environment.NewLine;

      byte xByte1 = 0;
      short xShort1 = -2;
      int xInt1 = -3;
      long xLong1 = -4;
      float xSingle1 = 0.0f;
      double xDouble1 = 6.0;
      Decimal xDecimal1 = -7m;

      // The following type is not CLS-compliant.
      sbyte xSbyte1 = -101;

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0}Test the sign of the following types of values:", nl) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "Byte   ", xByte1, Test(Math.Sign(xByte1))) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "Int16  ", xShort1, Test(Math.Sign(xShort1))) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "Int32  ", xInt1, Test(Math.Sign(xInt1))) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "Int64  ", xLong1, Test(Math.Sign(xLong1))) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "Single ", xSingle1, Test(Math.Sign(xSingle1))) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "Double ", xDouble1, Test(Math.Sign(xDouble1))) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, Test(Math.Sign(xDecimal1))) + "\n";
      //
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0}The following type is not CLS-compliant.", nl) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(str, "SByte  ", xSbyte1, Test(Math.Sign(xSbyte1))) + "\n";
   }
   //
   public static String Test(int compare)
   {
      if (compare == 0)
         return "equal to";
      else if (compare < 0)
         return "less than";
      else
         return "greater than";
   }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

Test the sign of the following types of values:
Byte   :   0 is equal to zero.
Int16  :  -2 is less than zero.
Int32  :  -3 is less than zero.
Int64  :  -4 is less than zero.
Single :   0 is equal to zero.
Double :   6 is greater than zero.
Decimal:  -7 is less than zero.

The following type is not CLS-compliant.
SByte  : -101 is less than zero.
*/


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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