Not equal

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Used to determine whether one expression is not equal to another. String comparisons are case-insensitive.


result = expression1 <> expression2

Part Type Description
result Boolean Returns True if expression1 is not equal to expression2.
expression1 String, Number, Object, Color, or Date Any expression.
expression2 String, Number, Object, Color, or Date Any expression.


The data types of expression1 and expression2 must match. You can make comparisons between objects of any data type and between objects. If you compare objects, <> compares their references, not their contents. For example, when you compare two FolderItems, <> determines whether they have the same reference, not whether they point to the same file.

The <> operator is also used with objects to test whether they are Nil. For example, when you use the MemoryBlock constructor to create a new object, test whether the new object is Nil before proceeding.

Use String.Compare to do a case-sensitive string comparison.

You can use Operator_Compare to define comparisons for classes.

Sample Code

Check if two string values are different:

Var t1 As String = "Hello"
Var t2 As String = "There"

If t1 <> t2 Then
// t1 is not equal to t2
// t1 is equal to t2
End If

Test that an object is not Nil before it is used:

Var d As New Dictionary
If d <> Nil Then
d.Value("Test") = "Hello"
End If

See Also

>, >=, <, <=, = operators; Operator_Compare, String.Compare functions; Operator precedence.