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Equality kinds in c# and equality operator

In C#, there are two different kinds of equality: reference equality and value equality. Value equality is the commonly understood meaning of equality: it means that two objects contain the same values. For example, two integers with the value of 2 have value equality. Reference equality means that there are not two objects to compare. Instead, there are two object references, both of which refer to the same object.

object a = new object();

object b = a;

System.Object.ReferenceEquals(a, b); //returns true

For predefined value types, the equality operator (==) returns true if the values of its operands are equal, false otherwise. For reference types other than string, == returns true if its two operands refer to the same object. For the string type, == compares the values of the strings.

Numeric equality: True Console.WriteLine((2 + 2) == 4);
Reference equality: different objects,
same boxed value: False.

object s = 1;

object t = 1;

Console.WriteLine(s == t);

Define some strings: string a = "hello";
 string b = String.Copy(a); 
string c = "hello";
Compare string values of a constant and an instance: True Console.WriteLine(a == b);
Compare string references;
a is a constant but b is an instance: False.

Console.WriteLine((object)a == (object)b);

Compare string references, both constants
have the same value, so string interning
points to same reference: True.

Console.WriteLine((object)a == (object)c)
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