There
are
three main comparison operators: `<`

(less than),
`>`

(greater than), and `=`

(equal to). They can be used individually, or any two operators can
be combined with each other. Their general syntax is:

result =`expression1 <operator> expression2`

The resulting expression is `True`

(-1),
`False`

(0), or `Null`

. A
`Null`

results if and only if either
* expression1* or

`expression2`

`Null`

.
What follows is a list of all the comparison operators supported by
VB.NET, as well as an explanation of the condition required for the
comparison to result in `True`

:

- >
is greater than and not equal to`expression1`

.`expression2`

- <
is less than and not equal to`expression1`

.`expression2`

- <>
is not equal to`expression1`

(less than or greater than).`expression2`

- >=
is greater than or equal to`expression1`

.`expression2`

- <=
is less than or equal to`expression1`

.`expression2`

- =
is equal to`expression1`

.`expression2`

Comparison operators can be used with both numeric and string
variables. However, if one expression is numeric and the other is a
string, the numeric expression will always be “less
than” the string expression. If both
* expression1* and

`expression2`

`Option`

`Compare`

setting. If its value is
`Binary`

, the comparison is case sensitive.
(Lowercase letters are “greater”
than their uppercase counterparts.) If its value is
`Text`

, the comparison is not ...
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