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DateTimeOffset::Compare Method

Compares two DateTimeOffset objects and indicates whether the first is earlier than the second, equal to the second, or later than the second.

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

static int Compare(
	DateTimeOffset first, 
	DateTimeOffset second


Type: System::DateTimeOffset

The first DateTimeOffset object.

Type: System::DateTimeOffset

The second DateTimeOffset object.

Return Value

Type: System::Int32
A signed integer that indicates whether the value of the first parameter is earlier than, later than, or the same time as the value of the second parameter, as the following table shows.

Return value


Less than zero

first is earlier than second.


first is equal to second.

Greater than zero

first is later than second.

In performing the comparison, the method converts both the first and the second parameters to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) before it performs the comparison. The method is equivalent to the following:

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

In other words, the Compare method determines whether two DateTimeOffset objects represent a single point in time. It directly compares neither dates and times nor offsets.

The following example illustrates calls to the Compare method to compare DateTimeOffset objects.

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5 SP1, 3.0 SP1, 2.0 SP1