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IEqualityComparer.Equals Method

Determines whether the specified objects are equal.

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

bool Equals(
	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.Boolean
true if the specified objects are equal; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

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

Implement this method to provide a customized equality comparison for objects.

Notes to Implementers

The Equals method is reflexive, symmetric, and transitive. That is, it returns true if used to compare an object with itself; true for two objects x and y if it is true for y and x; and true for two objects x and z if it is true for x and y and also true for y and z.

Implementations are required to ensure that if the Equals method returns true for two objects x and y, then the value returned by the GetHashCode method for x must equal the value returned for y.

The following code example demonstrates the implementation of a case-insensitive IEqualityComparer. In this example, the CaseInsensitiveComparer.Compare method is used to determine whether two objects are equal, based on the provided CultureInfo.


class myCultureComparer : IEqualityComparer
{
    public CaseInsensitiveComparer myComparer;

    public myCultureComparer()
    {
        myComparer = CaseInsensitiveComparer.DefaultInvariant;
    }

    public myCultureComparer(CultureInfo myCulture)
    {
        myComparer = new CaseInsensitiveComparer(myCulture);
    }

    public new bool Equals(object x, object y)
    {
        if (myComparer.Compare(x, y) == 0)
        {
            return true;
        }
        else
        {
            return false;
        }
    }

    public int GetHashCode(object obj)
    {
        return obj.ToString().ToLower().GetHashCode();
    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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.
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