Operator <> (Not equal)

Compares two expressions for inequality

result = lhs <> rhs

The left-hand side expression to compare to.
The right-hand side expression to compare to.
Any pointer type.

Return Value:
Returns negative one (-1) if expressions are not equal, or zero (0) if equal.

Operator <> (Not equal) is a binary operator that compares two expressions for inequality and returns the result - a boolean value mainly in the form of an Integer: negative one (-1) for true and zero (0) for false. Only if the left and right-hand side types are both Boolean, the return type is also Boolean. The arguments are not modified in any way.

This operator can be overloaded to accept user-defined types as well.


Dim As String a = "hello", b = "world"
Dim As Integer i = 10, j = i

If (a <> b) Then
  Print a & " does not equal " & b
End If

If (i <> j) Then
  Print "error: " & i & " does not equal " & j
End If
Operator = (Equal) is complement to Operator <> (Not equal), and is functionally identical when combined with Operator Not (Bit-wise Complement).

   If (69 <> 420) Then Print "(69 <> 420) is true."
   If Not (69 = 420) Then Print "not (69 = 420) is true."

Dialect Differences:
Differences from QB:
See also:
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