My jaw still aches remembering the pain of dropping to the floor when Visual Studio refused to compile
if (someString >= anotherString)
It complains in no uncertain terms. In fact, it drives the message home by repeating the message, albeit with a different word order.
Operator ‘>=’ cannot be applied to operands of type ‘string’ and ‘string’
Cannot apply operator ‘>=’ to operands of type ‘string’ and ‘string’
What the …?
Coming from Delphi, typing comparisons like that is in my muscles. It will simply do a character by character equality comparison ending at the shortest length or the first mismatch. Only if you want anything more intelligent, like case insensitivity or locale-awareness, do you resort to specialized comparison functions.
So why does C# complain?
Why does it make me use
string.Compare when that doesn’t force me to specify
ignoreCase or a
ComparisonType? After all, C#
== operator. So why not the other comparison operators?
I just don’t get it.
Anybody care to shed light on this?