IComparer Interface


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Exposes a method that compares two objects.

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

Public Interface IComparer

System_CAPS_pubmethodCompare(Object, Object)

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

This interface is used in conjunction with the Array.Sort and Array.BinarySearch methods. It provides a way to customize the sort order of a collection. See the Compare method for notes on parameters and return value.

The default implementation of this interface is the Comparer class. For the generic version of this interface, see System.Collections.Generic.IComparer(Of T).

The following code example demonstrates the use of the IComparer interface to sort an ArrayList object. In this example, the IComparer interface is implemented using the CaseInsensitiveComparer class to reverse the order of the contents of the ArrayList.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class SamplesArrayList

   Public Class myReverserClass
      Implements IComparer

      ' Calls CaseInsensitiveComparer.Compare with the parameters reversed.
      Public Function Compare( ByVal x As Object, ByVal y As Object) As Integer _
         Implements IComparer.Compare
         Return New CaseInsensitiveComparer().Compare(y, x)
      End Function 'IComparer.Compare

   End Class 'myReverserClass

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
      Dim myAL As New ArrayList()

      ' Displays the values of the ArrayList.
      Console.WriteLine("The ArrayList initially contains the following values:")

      ' Sorts the values of the ArrayList using the default comparer.
      Console.WriteLine("After sorting with the default comparer:")

      ' Sorts the values of the ArrayList using the reverse case-insensitive comparer.
      Dim myComparer = New myReverserClass()
      Console.WriteLine("After sorting with the reverse case-insensitive comparer:")

   End Sub 'Main

   Public Shared Sub PrintIndexAndValues(myList As IEnumerable)
      Dim i As Integer = 0
      Dim obj As [Object]
      For Each obj In  myList
         Console.WriteLine(vbTab + "[{0}]:" + vbTab + "{1}", i, obj)
         i = i + 1
      Next obj
   End Sub 'PrintIndexAndValues

End Class 'SamplesArrayList

'This code produces the following output.
'The ArrayList initially contains the following values:
'        [0]:    The
'        [1]:    quick
'        [2]:    brown
'        [3]:    fox
'        [4]:    jumps
'        [5]:    over
'        [6]:    the
'        [7]:    lazy
'        [8]:    dog
'After sorting with the default comparer:
'        [0]:    brown
'        [1]:    dog
'        [2]:    fox
'        [3]:    jumps
'        [4]:    lazy
'        [5]:    over
'        [6]:    quick
'        [7]:    the
'        [8]:    The
'After sorting with the reverse case-insensitive comparer:
'        [0]:    the
'        [1]:    The
'        [2]:    quick
'        [3]:    over
'        [4]:    lazy
'        [5]:    jumps
'        [6]:    fox
'        [7]:    dog
'        [8]:    brown

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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