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String.Inequality Operator

Updated: December 2009

Determines whether two specified String objects have different values.

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

public static bool operator !=(
	string a,
	string b
)

Parameters

a
Type: System.String

A String or null.

b
Type: System.String

A String or null.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the value of a is different from the value of b; otherwise, false.

The Inequality method defines the operation of the inequality operator for the String class.

This operator is implemented using the Equals method, which means the comparands are tested for a combination of reference and value equality. This operator performs an ordinal comparison.

NoteNote:

   The Visual Basic compiler does not resolve the inequality operator as a call to the Inequality method. Instead, the inequality operator wraps a call to the Operators.CompareString method.

The following example demonstrates the inequality operator.

// Example for the String Inequality operator. 
using System;

class InequalityOp 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of the String Inequality operator\n" +
            "generates the following output.\n" );

        CompareAndDisplay( "ijkl" );
        CompareAndDisplay( "ABCD" );
        CompareAndDisplay( "abcd" );
    }

    static void CompareAndDisplay( String Comparand )
    {
        String  Lower = "abcd";

        Console.WriteLine( 
            "\"{0}\" != \"{1}\" ?  {2}",
            Lower, Comparand, Lower != Comparand );
    }
}

/*
This example of the String Inequality operator
generates the following output.

"abcd" != "ijkl" ?  True
"abcd" != "ABCD" ?  True
"abcd" != "abcd" ?  False
*/

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

Date

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Reason

December 2009

Added note about Visual Basic and the inequality operator.

Content bug fix.

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