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Byte.CompareTo Method (Object)

Compares this instance to a specified object and returns an indication of their relative values.

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

public int CompareTo(
	Object value


Type: System.Object
An object to compare, or null.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A signed integer that indicates the relative order of this instance and value.

Return Value


Less than zero

This instance is less than value.


This instance is equal to value.

Greater than zero

This instance is greater than value.


value is null.




value is not a Byte.

value must be null or an instance of Byte; otherwise, an exception is thrown.

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

This method is implemented to support the IComparable interface.

The following example demonstrates the CompareTo method.

public void Compare(Byte myByte)
   int myCompareResult;

   myCompareResult = MemberByte.CompareTo(myByte);

   if(myCompareResult > 0)
      Console.WriteLine("{0} is less than the MemberByte value {1}", myByte.ToString(), MemberByte.ToString());
   else if(myCompareResult < 0)
      Console.WriteLine("{0} is greater than the MemberByte value {1}", myByte.ToString(), MemberByte.ToString());
      Console.WriteLine("{0} is equal to the MemberByte value {1}", myByte.ToString(), MemberByte.ToString());

.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

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.