UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer Class
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UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer Class


A class used to compare UriTemplate instances for structural (instead of reference) equivalence.

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


public class UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer : IEqualityComparer<UriTemplate>


Initializes a new instance of the UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer class.


Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodEquals(UriTemplate, UriTemplate)

Compares two UriTemplate instances for equivalence.


Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)


Serves as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)


Gets a hash code for the specified UriTemplate instance.


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

UriTemplate instances are compared using reference equality by default. The UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer class evaluates equivalence using IsEquivalentTo(UriTemplate) instead of the default reference equality check. This class is useful when you wish to compare two UriTemplate instances based on the URIs they match instead of strict reference equality.

The following example shows the difference between reference equality and structural equality. It also shows how to use the UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer as a comparer in a dictionary.

// Define two structurally equivalent templates
UriTemplate temp1 = new UriTemplate("weather/{state}/{city}");
UriTemplate temp2 = new UriTemplate("weather/{country}/{village}");

// Notice they are not reference equal, in other words
// they are do not refer to the same object
if (temp1 == temp2)
    Console.WriteLine("{0} and {1} are reference equal", temp1, temp2);
    Console.WriteLine("{0} and {1} are NOT reference equal", temp1, temp2);

// Notice they are structrually equal
if (temp1.IsEquivalentTo(temp2))
    Console.WriteLine("{0} and {1} are structurally equal", temp1, temp2);
    Console.WriteLine("{0} and {1} are NOT structurally equal", temp1, temp2);

// Create a dictionary and use UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer as the comparer
Dictionary<UriTemplate, object> templates = new Dictionary<UriTemplate, object>(new UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer());

// Add template 1 into the dictionary
templates.Add(temp1, "template1");

// The UriTemplateEquivalenceComparer will be used here to compare the template in the table with template2
// they are structurally equivalent, so ContainsKey will return true.
if (templates.ContainsKey(temp2))
    Console.WriteLine("Both templates hash to the same value");
    Console.WriteLine("Both templates do NOT hash to the same value");

.NET Framework
Available since 3.5

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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