String.Equals Method (String, String)

Determines whether two specified String objects have the same value.

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

'Declaration
Public Shared Function Equals ( _
	a As String, _
	b As String _
) As Boolean
'Usage
Dim a As String
Dim b As String
Dim returnValue As Boolean

returnValue = String.Equals(a, b)
public static boolean Equals (
	String a, 
	String b
)
public static function Equals (
	a : String, 
	b : String
) : boolean

Parameters

a

A String or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

b

A String or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Return Value

true if the value of a is the same as the value of b; otherwise, false.

This method performs an ordinal (case-sensitive and culture-insensitive) comparison.

The following code example demonstrates the Equals method.

' Sample for String.Equals(Object)
'            String.Equals(String)
'            String.Equals(String, String)
Imports System
Imports System.Text

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim sb As New StringBuilder("abcd")
      Dim str1 As [String] = "abcd"
      Dim str2 As [String] = Nothing
      Dim o2 As [Object] = Nothing
      
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str1 is '{0}'.", str1)
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of StringBuilder sb is '{0}'.", sb.ToString())
      
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.")
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to sb?: {0}", str1.Equals(sb))
      
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.")
      str2 = sb.ToString()
      o2 = str2
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of Object o2 is '{0}'.", o2)
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to o2?: {0}", str1.Equals(o2))
      
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine(" 2) String.Equals(String)")
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str2 is '{0}'.", str2)
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", str1.Equals(str2))
      
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine(" 3) String.Equals(String, String)")
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", [String].Equals(str1, str2))
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'
' *  The value of String str1 is 'abcd'.
' *  The value of StringBuilder sb is 'abcd'.
'
'1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.
'    Is str1 equal to sb?: False
'
'1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.
' *  The value of Object o2 is 'abcd'.
'    Is str1 equal to o2?: True
'
' 2) String.Equals(String)
' *  The value of String str2 is 'abcd'.
'    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
'
' 3) String.Equals(String, String)
'    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
'

// Sample for String.Equals(Object)
//            String.Equals(String)
//            String.Equals(String, String)
import System.*;
import System.Text.*;

class Sample
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder("abcd");
        String str1 = "abcd";
        String str2 = null;
        Object o2 = null;

        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str1 is '{0}'.", str1);
        Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of StringBuilder sb is '{0}'.", 
            sb.ToString());

        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine("1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a " 
            + "StringBuilder, not a String.");
        Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to sb?: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(str1.Equals(sb)));

        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine("1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.");
        str2 = sb.ToString();
        o2 = str2;
        Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of Object o2 is '{0}'.", o2);
        Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to o2?: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(str1.Equals(o2)));

        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine(" 2) String.Equals(String)");
        Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str2 is '{0}'.", str2);
        Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(str1.Equals(str2)));

        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine(" 3) String.Equals(String, String)");
        Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", 
            System.Convert.ToString(String.Equals(str1, str2)));
    } //main
} //Sample
/*
This example produces the following results:

 *  The value of String str1 is 'abcd'.
 *  The value of StringBuilder sb is 'abcd'.

1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.
    Is str1 equal to sb?: False

1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.
 *  The value of Object o2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to o2?: True

 2) String.Equals(String)
 *  The value of String str2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True

 3) String.Equals(String, String)
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
*/

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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