Equality Operator
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String.Equality Operator (String, String)


Determines whether two specified strings have the same value.

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

Public Shared Operator = (
	a As String,
	b As String
) As Boolean


Type: System.String

The first string to compare, or null.

Type: System.String

The second string to compare, or null.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the value of a is the same as the value of b; otherwise, false.

The Equality method defines the operation of the equality operator for the String class. The operator, in turn, calls the static Equals(String, String) method, which performs an ordinal (case-sensitive and culture-insensitive) comparison.


The Visual Basic compiler does not resolve the equality operator as a call to the Equality method. Instead, the equality operator wraps a call to the Operators.CompareString method.

The following example demonstrates the equality operator.

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

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.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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