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StringEquals Method
 

Determines whether two specified String objects have the same value.

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

Syntax
public static bool Equals(
	string a,
	string b
)
public:
static bool Equals(
	String^ a,
	String^ b
)
static member Equals : 
        a:string *
        b:string -> bool
Public Shared Function Equals (
	a As String,
	b As String
) As Boolean

Parameters

a
Type:

The first string to compare, or null.

b
Type:

The second string to compare, or null.

Return Value

Type:

true if the value of a is the same as the value of b; otherwise, false. If both a and b are null, the method returns true.

Remarks

This method performs an ordinal (case-sensitive and culture-insensitive) comparison.

Examples

The following example demonstrates the Equals method.

// Sample for String.Equals(Object)
//            String.Equals(String)
//            String.Equals(String, String)
using System;
using System.Text;

class Sample {
    public static void Main() {
    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder("abcd");
    String      str1 = "abcd";
    String      str2 = null;
    Object	o2   = null;

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str1 is '{0}'.", str1);
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of StringBuilder sb is '{0}'.", sb.ToString());

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.");
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to sb?: {0}", str1.Equals(sb));

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.");
    str2 = sb.ToString();
    o2   = str2;
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of Object o2 is '{0}'.", o2);
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to o2?: {0}", str1.Equals(o2));

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine(" 2) String.Equals(String)");
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str2 is '{0}'.", str2);
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", str1.Equals(str2));

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine(" 3) String.Equals(String, String)");
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", String.Equals(str1, str2));
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

 *  The value of String str1 is 'abcd'.
 *  The value of StringBuilder sb is 'abcd'.

1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.
    Is str1 equal to sb?: False

1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.
 *  The value of Object o2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to o2?: True

 2) String.Equals(String)
 *  The value of String str2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True

 3) String.Equals(String, String)
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
*/
' Sample for String.Equals(Object)
'            String.Equals(String)
'            String.Equals(String, String)
Imports System
Imports System.Text

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim sb As New StringBuilder("abcd")
      Dim str1 As [String] = "abcd"
      Dim str2 As [String] = Nothing
      Dim o2 As [Object] = Nothing

      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str1 is '{0}'.", str1)
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of StringBuilder sb is '{0}'.", sb.ToString())

      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.")
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to sb?: {0}", str1.Equals(sb))

      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.")
      str2 = sb.ToString()
      o2 = str2
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of Object o2 is '{0}'.", o2)
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to o2?: {0}", str1.Equals(o2))

      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine(" 2) String.Equals(String)")
      Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str2 is '{0}'.", str2)
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", str1.Equals(str2))

      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine(" 3) String.Equals(String, String)")
      Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", [String].Equals(str1, str2))
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'
' *  The value of String str1 is 'abcd'.
' *  The value of StringBuilder sb is 'abcd'.
'
'1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.
'    Is str1 equal to sb?: False
'
'1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.
' *  The value of Object o2 is 'abcd'.
'    Is str1 equal to o2?: True
'
' 2) String.Equals(String)
' *  The value of String str2 is 'abcd'.
'    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
'
' 3) String.Equals(String, String)
'    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
'
// Sample for String::Equals(Object)
//            String::Equals(String)
//            String::Equals(String, String)
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Text;
int main()
{
   StringBuilder^ sb = gcnew StringBuilder( "abcd" );
   String^ str1 = "abcd";
   String^ str2 = nullptr;
   Object^ o2 = nullptr;
   Console::WriteLine();
   Console::WriteLine( " *  The value of String str1 is '{0}'.", str1 );
   Console::WriteLine( " *  The value of StringBuilder sb is '{0}'.", sb );
   Console::WriteLine();
   Console::WriteLine( "1a) String::Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String." );
   Console::WriteLine( "    Is str1 equal to sb?: {0}", str1->Equals( sb ) );
   Console::WriteLine();
   Console::WriteLine( "1b) String::Equals(Object). Object is a String." );
   str2 = sb->ToString();
   o2 = str2;
   Console::WriteLine( " *  The value of Object o2 is '{0}'.", o2 );
   Console::WriteLine( "    Is str1 equal to o2?: {0}", str1->Equals( o2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine();
   Console::WriteLine( " 2) String::Equals(String)" );
   Console::WriteLine( " *  The value of String str2 is '{0}'.", str2 );
   Console::WriteLine( "    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", str1->Equals( str2 ) );
   Console::WriteLine();
   Console::WriteLine( " 3) String::Equals(String, String)" );
   Console::WriteLine( "    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", String::Equals( str1, str2 ) );
}

/*
This example produces the following results:

 *  The value of String str1 is 'abcd'.
 *  The value of StringBuilder sb is 'abcd'.

1a) String::Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.
    Is str1 equal to sb?: False

1b) String::Equals(Object). Object is a String.
 *  The value of Object o2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to o2?: True

 2) String::Equals(String)
 *  The value of String str2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True

 3) String::Equals(String, String)
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
*/
Version Information
Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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