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DateTime.CompareTo Method (Object)

Compares the value of this instance to a specified object that contains a specified DateTime value, and returns an integer that indicates whether this instance is earlier than, the same as, or later than the specified DateTime value.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public int CompareTo(
	Object value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Object

A boxed object to compare, or null.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A signed number indicating the relative values of this instance and value.

Value

Description

Less than zero

This instance is earlier than value.

Zero

This instance is the same as value.

Greater than zero

This instance is later than value, or value is null.

Implements

IComparable.CompareTo(Object)
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

value is not a DateTime.

Before comparing DateTime objects, make sure that the objects represent times in the same time zone. You can do this by comparing the values of their Kind properties.

Any instance of DateTime, regardless of its value, is considered greater than null.

The following example demonstrates the CompareTo method.

System.DateTime theDay = new System.DateTime(System.DateTime.Today.Year, 7, 28);
int compareValue;

try 
{
    compareValue = theDay.CompareTo(DateTime.Today);
} 
catch (ArgumentException) 
{
   Console.WriteLine("Value is not a DateTime");
   return;
}

if (compareValue < 0) 
   System.Console.WriteLine("{0:d} is in the past.", theDay);
else if (compareValue == 0) 
   System.Console.WriteLine("{0:d} is today!", theDay);
else // compareValue > 0
   System.Console.WriteLine("{0:d} has not come yet.", theDay);

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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