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StringComparer.Compare Method (String, String)

When overridden in a derived class, compares two strings and returns an indication of their relative sort order.

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

public abstract int Compare(
	string x,
	string y
)

Parameters

x
Type: System.String

A string to compare to y.

y
Type: System.String

A string to compare to x.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32

Value

Meaning

Less than zero

x is less than y.

-or-

x is null.

Zero

x is equal to y.

Greater than zero

x is greater than y.

-or-

y is null.

Implements

IComparer<T>.Compare(T, T)

The StringComparer.Compare(String, String) method is more efficient than the StringComparer.Compare(Object, Object) method because the x and y parameters do not have to be unboxed to perform the comparison.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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