14.3. Implement a Comparable Type

Problem

You need to provide a mechanism that allows you to compare custom types, enabling you to easily sort collections containing instances of those types.

Solution

To provide a standard comparison mechanism for a type, implement the generic System.IComparable(Of T) interface. To support the comparison of a type based on more than one characteristic, create separate types that implement the generic System.Collections.Generic.IComparer(Of T) interface.

NOTE

The nongeneric System.IComparable and System.Collections.IComparer interfaces, available prior to .NET Framework 2.0, still exist but do not use generics to ensure type safety. If you use these interface, you must take extra precautions to ensure the objects ...

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