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Enum.CompareTo Method

Compares this instance to a specified object and returns an indication of their relative values.

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

public int CompareTo(
	Object target
)

Parameters

target
Type: System.Object

An object to compare, or null.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A signed number that indicates the relative values of this instance and target.

Value

Meaning

Less than zero

The value of this instance is less than the value of target.

Zero

The value of this instance is equal to the value of target.

Greater than zero

The value of this instance is greater than the value of target.

-or-

target is null.

Implements

IComparable.CompareTo(Object)

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

target and this instance are not the same type.

InvalidOperationException

This instance is not type SByte, Int16, Int32, Int64, Byte, UInt16, UInt32, or UInt64.

The following example illustrates the use of CompareTo in the context of Enum.

using System;

public class CompareToTest {
    enum VehicleDoors { Motorbike = 0, Sportscar = 2, Sedan = 4, Hatchback = 5 };

    public static void Main() {
        VehicleDoors myVeh = VehicleDoors.Sportscar;
        VehicleDoors yourVeh = VehicleDoors.Motorbike;
        VehicleDoors otherVeh = VehicleDoors.Sedan;

        Console.WriteLine("Does a {0} have more doors than a {1}?", myVeh, yourVeh);
        Console.WriteLine( "{0}{1}", myVeh.CompareTo(yourVeh) > 0 ? "Yes" : "No", Environment.NewLine );

        Console.WriteLine("Does a {0} have more doors than a {1}?", myVeh, otherVeh);
        Console.WriteLine( "{0}", myVeh.CompareTo(otherVeh) > 0 ? "Yes" : "No" );
    }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//       Does a Sportscar have more doors than a Motorbike? 
//       Yes 
//        
//       Does a Sportscar have more doors than a Sedan? 
//       No

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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