Compare Method

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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


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



Less than zero

x is less than y.


x equals y.

Greater than zero

x is greater than y.

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

Comparing nullNothingnullptrunita null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) with any type is allowed and does not generate an exception when using IComparable. When sorting, nullNothingnullptrunita null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) is considered to be less than any other object.