Equality operator (=)

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This operator compares the operands. If both operators are undef the result is -1, which is the internal value for TRUE. If only one of the operands is undef then the result is zero, which is the internal value for FALSE. In other words undef is equal to undef, but nothing else.

If any of the operands is string then the comparison is done on strings. The non-string operand if any is converted to string. String comparison is case sensitive by default, but you can alter this behavior using the statement option. Two strings are equal iff they are the same length and contain the same valued bytes in the same order.

If the operands are numeric and at least one of them is a real number then the comparison is done on real numbers. Otherwise the comparison is done on integer numbers.

The result of the operator is always -1, which is the internal value for TRUE or 0, which is the internal value for FALSE.

To alter the behavior of case sensitive comparison you can use the statement

option compare sbCaseInsensitive

The comparing operator looks at the option "compare" and decides how to compare two strings. The global constant sbCaseInsensitive is pre-declared by ScriptBasic and can be used anywhere in your program. To switch back to case sensitive comparison you have to issue the command

option compare sbCaseSensitive

The global constant sbCaseSensitive is also a pre-declared constant. Note that the option "compare" is also used by the pattern-matching operator like and also alters the behavior of directory listing under UNIX.

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