string compare

Posted on 2013-06-02
Last Modified: 2013-06-02
I would like to chek if 3.5 or 5 or 5.5 or 7.8 is less then 4.
How do I do that in C#?
Question by:johnson1
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by:Fernando Soto
ID: 39214641
Numerical values or string length. Please be more specific.

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ID: 39214648
I can have a string that is "3.5", "5", "5.5", "7.8", "8" etc.
I need to be able to compare it with the string "4" to know if it is less then 4.
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by:Fernando Soto
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Hi johnson1;

You will need to convert your strings to integer data types first then do your comparison. The reason for this is for example lets say you have the following string items, "3.5", "5", "5.5", "7.8", "9", "55", the sort order of this values would be, 3.5, 5, 5.5, 55, 7.8, 9, please note the position of the value "55" it comes before the value of "7.8" numerically that is incorrect but sorting order is correct. Also the equality operators are not support in strings such as <, >, ==, <= and so on and there you would need to use the CompareTo method of the string class which will result in incorrect results as noted above.
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Arthur_Wood earned 166 total points
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>>You will need to convert your strings to integer data types first then do your comparison<<

not to Integer data type, but to Float or Double (Integers do not have decimal points)


Author Comment

ID: 39214716
How do I convert "3.5" to integer? Can you please show me an example how I could do the comparison?
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by:Fernando Soto
ID: 39214720
Thank you Arthur glad someone is keeping me honest. ;=)

This line in my last post , "You will need to convert your strings to integer data types first then do your comparison. ", should read as , "You will need to convert your strings to float or double data types first then do your comparison."
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by:Fernando Soto
ID: 39214734
Hi johnson1;

As pointed out by Arthur and corrected in my last post that should be float or double. What are your string in, string variable, Array of strings, List<String> ...?

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CM2013 earned 167 total points
ID: 39214737
Use Double.Parse(yourstring) or TryParse method as well - you can handle exceptions in it.

Double d = Double.Parse(s);
if (d<4){}

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