CompareTo Method
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CompareTo. This method acts upon 2 values (like strings or numbers). It returns an int value. The returned value (-1, 1 or 0) tells us which of the 2 numbers is bigger.
When using CompareTo, we usually return directly the value of the method call. This enables us to easily implement comparisons for sorting in C#.
Input and output. A negative one indicates the first value is smaller. A positive one indicates the first value is bigger. And a zero indicates the two values are equal.
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5.CompareTo(6) = -1 First int is smaller. 6.CompareTo(5) = 1 First int is larger. 5.CompareTo(5) = 0 Ints are equal.
An example. This program uses 3 int values. Next, the variables "ab", "ba", and "ca" contain the results of the ints "a", "b", and "c" compared to one another.
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Here We see that when the first number is larger, the result is 1. When the first number is smaller, the result is -1.
And When the numbers are equal, the result is 0. These values are written to the console.
using System; class Program { static void Main() { const int a = 5; const int b = 6; const int c = 5; int ab = a.CompareTo(b); int ba = b.CompareTo(a); int ca = c.CompareTo(a); Console.WriteLine(ab); Console.WriteLine(ba); Console.WriteLine(ca); } }
-1 1 0
Uses. The CompareTo method is most useful in implementing sorting routines. We use CompareTo when implementing IComparable, Comparison delegate target methods, and Comparisons with lambdas.
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A summary. CompareTo provides a standard way to determine which of two numbers is larger. The result tells us if a number comparison is larger, smaller, or equal.
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