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Object.ReferenceEquals Method

Determines whether the specified Object instances are the same instance.

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

'Declaration
Public Shared Function ReferenceEquals ( _
	objA As Object, _
	objB As Object _
) As Boolean

Parameters

objA
Type: System.Object
The first object to compare.
objB
Type: System.Object
The second object to compare.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if objA is the same instance as objB or if both are Nothing; otherwise, false.

Unlike the Equals method and the equality operator, the ReferenceEquals method cannot be overridden. Because of this, if you want to test two object references for equality and are unsure about the implementation of the Equals method, you can call the ReferenceEquals method. However, note that if objA and objB are value types, they are boxed before they are passed to the ReferenceEquals method.

The following example uses ReferenceEquals to determine if two objects are the same instance.


Imports System

Public Class App
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        Dim o As Object = Nothing
        Dim p As Object = Nothing
        Dim q As New Object
        Console.WriteLine(Object.ReferenceEquals(o, p))
        p = q
        Console.WriteLine(Object.ReferenceEquals(p, q))
        Console.WriteLine(Object.ReferenceEquals(o, p))
    End Sub 
End Class 
' This code produces the following output:
'
' True
' True
' False
'


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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