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IComparer<T>.Compare Method

Compares two objects and returns a value indicating whether one is less than, equal to, or greater than the other.

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

int Compare(
	T x,
	T y
)

Parameters

x
Type: T

The first object to compare.

y
Type: T

The second object to compare.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A signed integer that indicates the relative values of x and y, as shown in the following table.

Value

Meaning

Less than zero

x is less than y.

Zero

x equals y.

Greater than zero

x is greater than y.

Implement this method to provide a customized sort order comparison for type T.

Comparing null with any reference type is allowed and does not generate an exception. A null reference is considered to be less than any reference that is not null.

The following example implements the IComparer<T> interface to compare objects of type Box according to their dimensions. This example is part of a larger example provided for the Comparer<T> class.

// This class is not demonstrated in the Main method 
// and is provided only to show how to implement 
// the interface. It is recommended to derive 
// from Comparer<T> instead of implementing IComparer<T>. 
public class BoxComp : IComparer<Box>
{
    // Compares by Height, Length, and Width. 
    public int Compare(Box x, Box y)
    {
        if (x.Height.CompareTo(y.Height) != 0)
        {
            return x.Height.CompareTo(y.Height);
        }
        else if (x.Length.CompareTo(y.Length) != 0)
        {
            return x.Length.CompareTo(y.Length);
        }
        else if (x.Width.CompareTo(y.Width) != 0)
        {
            return x.Width.CompareTo(y.Width);
        }
        else
        {
            return 0;
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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.

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