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DateTime.CompareTo Method (DateTime)

Compares the value of this instance to a specified DateTime value and returns an integer that indicates whether this instance is earlier than, the same as, or later than the specified DateTime value.

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

public int CompareTo (
	DateTime value
)
public final int CompareTo (
	DateTime value
)
public final function CompareTo (
	value : DateTime
) : int
Not applicable.

Parameters

value

A DateTime object to compare.

Return Value

A signed number indicating the relative values of this instance and the value parameter.

Value

Description

Less than zero

This instance is earlier than value.

Zero

This instance is the same as value.

Greater than zero

This instance is later than value.

This method implements the System.IComparable interface and performs slightly better than the DateTime.CompareTo(Object) method overload because it does not have to convert the value parameter to an object.

Before comparing DateTime objects, make sure that the objects represent times in the same time zone. You can do this by comparing the values of their Kind properties.

The following example instantiates three DateTime objects, one that represents today's date, another that represents the date one year previously, and a third that represents the date one year in the future. It then calls the CompareTo(DateTime) method and displays the result of the comparison.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0
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