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I am using string.equual to compare two values (old vs new)

                    If String.Equals(myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow, DirectCast(dvRecipeItem.Rows(5).Cells(1).Controls(0), TextBox).Text) Then
                        strRefineRecipeRecord.Append("MeltPointLow: " & myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow & ", ")
                    Else
                        strRefineRecipeRecord.Append("MeltPointLow: Old= " & myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow &
                                                     ", New= " & DirectCast(dvRecipeItem.Rows(5).Cells(1).Controls(0), TextBox).Text & ", ")
                    End If

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The problem I am having is that this field: myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow
contains a decimal value like: 100D

and DirectCast(dvRecipeItem.Rows(5).Cells(1).Controls(0), TextBox).Text)
contains: 100.00000000000000000

Which one of the values is easier to convert to type, so that the comparision code executes more accurately?

please help if possible with example.

Thank you
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Question by:metropia
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Miguel Oz earned 2000 total points
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Is there any particualr why you are comparing them as strings instead of using decimals?

You can use Decimal.Equals Method which it is more accurate in your case.
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by:metropia
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I tried that but even using Decimal.Equals, it always falls to the else part of the statement.

If Decimal.Equals(CType(myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow, String), DirectCast(dvRecipeItem.Rows(5).Cells(1).Controls(0), TextBox).Text) Then 
    strRefineRecipeRecord.Append("MeltPointLow: " & myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow & ", ")
Else
    strRefineRecipeRecord.Append("MeltPointLow: Old= " & myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow & ", New= " & DirectCast(dvRecipeItem.Rows(5).Cells(1).Controls(0), TextBox).Text & ", ")
End If

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The values that are comparing are:

myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow contains: 100D
DirectCast(dvRecipeItem.Rows(5).Cells(1).Controls(0), TextBox).Text) contains: 100.00

This should be true when it runs true the If statement, because both mean the same, but the are formatted different.

Any ideas to work around this problem are welcome.

Thank you very much.
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by:metropia
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the fields that come with strRefineRecipeRecord are for a record obtained from the entity model. so in the beginning of the sub this is how i get it:

Dim myContext As New OLTPEntities
Dim myHistoryRecipeRecord = myContext.RefineRecipe.Where("it.Id=" & Me.dvRecipeItem.DataKey(0)).FirstOrDefault()

Then i access the field like:

myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow

can this be formatted? I think it taks the format from the db
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by:Miguel Oz
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Ah, regarding "I tried that but even using Decimal.Equals", it is easy to solve if you use for the if logic the following condition:
if (Math.Abs(low - text) <= margin)

where low = decimal representation of myHistoryRecipeRecord.MeltPointLow
 text= decimal representation of textbox contents
margin = any demical value e.g. 0.01

Thus no need to to change your db.
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