Comparison operators

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Comparison operators compare either integer or string expressions, and return true or false depending if the comparison is true or false. The comparison operators are :


 >        greater than

 >=        greater or equal

 <        less than

 <=        less than or equal

 <>        not equal (ie. different)


These operate slightly differently depending on the type of arguments used. The meaning of the above operators for integers is obvious :


4 > 3

4 <> 3

4 >= 3


When used on string arguments, a > b is taken to mean that a contains b, and a < b means that a is contained in b.


'Nov' < 'November'

'Nov' <= 'November'

'Nov' <> 'November'

'November' > 'Nov'


When operating on strings, the comparison is case-sensitive.


'Nov' <> 'nov' // neither of the 2 contains the other


Note that, although the above can operate on either integers or strings, in a given expression, all arguments must be of the same type. The following expression is invalid :


'8' < 9 // mismatched data types !!!


Finally, to improve legibility it is customary, but not necessary, to enclose the comparison expression in parentheses.

Topic 122400 updated on 18-Jan-2001.
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