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Guid.CompareTo Method (Guid)

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

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

abstract CompareTo : 
        value:Guid -> int  
override CompareTo : 
        value:Guid -> int

Parameters

value
Type: System.Guid

An object to compare to this instance.

Return Value

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

Return value

Description

A negative integer

This instance is less than value.

Zero

This instance is equal to value.

A positive integer

This instance is greater than value.

Implements

IComparable(T).CompareTo(T)

The CompareTo method compares the GUIDs as if they were values provided to the Guid constructor, as follows:

  • It compares the Int32 values, and returns a result if they are unequal. If they are equal, it performs the next comparison.

  • It compares the first Int16 values, and returns a result if they are unequal. If they are equal, it performs the next comparison.

  • It compares the second Int16 values, and returns a result if they are unequal. If they are equal, it performs the next comparison.

  • If performs a byte-by-byte comparison of the next eight Byte values. When it encounters the first unequal pair, it returns the result. Otherwise, it returns 0 to indicate that the two Guid values are equal.

Note that the final eight bytes appear in the string representation of a Guid in reverse order, from low byte to high byte. For example, in the string representation of the Guid value "01e75c83-c6f5-4192-b57e-7427cec5560d", the final eight bytes are "b57e-7427cec5560d."

If two GUIDs have equal values for a component, the method compares the next component. When it finds a component whose values are unequal, it returns the result.

This method implements the System.IComparable(T) interface and performs slightly better than the Guid.CompareTo method because it does not have to convert the value parameter to a Guid value.

The following example calls the CompareTo(Guid) method to compare a GUID value with two similar GUID values.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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