IComparer.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
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

int Compare(
	Object x,
	Object y
)

Parameters

x
Type: System.Object
The first object to compare.
y
Type: System.Object
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

Condition

Less than zero

x is less than y.

Zero

x equals y.

Greater than zero

x is greater than y.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

Neither x nor y implements the IComparable interface.

-or-

x and y are of different types and neither one can handle comparisons with the other.

The preferred implementation is to use the CompareTo method of one of the parameters.

Comparing null with any type is allowed and does not generate an exception when using IComparable. When sorting, null is considered to be less than any other object.

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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