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AndAlso & OrElse Operators in C#

Posted by Jaish Mathews Articles | C# Language March 13, 2006
Hi all, in a very short note I am trying to explain some interesting logical operators in C# and their VB.NET counter part. You must ware of the differences between these operators for a better usage of them.
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AndAlso(&&)

The logical operator && is the AndAlso in C#. This is used to connect two logical conditions checking like if (<condition1> && <condition2>). In this situation both conditions want to be true for passing the logic. Looking at the e.g. below

int a = 100;

int b = 0;

if (b > 0 && a/b <100)

{

          Console.Write("ok");

}

The point here is, the condition "b > 0" will check first. Because "b > 0" a false condition, second condition "a/b <100" won't need to check and our "&&" operator won't perform the second condition checking. So actually our execution time is saving in a logical operation in which more conditions are combined using "&&" operator.

And(&)

The difference of "&" operator compared to above is mentioned below

int a = 100;

int b = 0;

if (b > 0 & a/b <100)

{

          Console.Write("ok");

}

The point here is, the condition "b > 0" will check first. Because "b > 0" a false condition, second condition "a/b <100" won't need to check. But our "&" operator will perform the second condition checking also. So actually our execution time is losing for a useless checking. Also executing the "a/b <100" unless b>0 is generating an error also. So got the point?

Or(|) and OrElse(||)

The difference of Or ("|") and OrElse ("||") are also similar to "And" operators, as first one will check all conditions and second one won't execute remaining logical checking, if it's found any of the previous checking is true and saving time. You can analysis these by the below code.

//Or     

if (b > 0 | a/b <100)

{

          Console.Write("ok");

}


//OrElse

if (b >= 0 || a/b <100)

{

          Console.Write("ok");

}

At last for VB.NET developers, they can use these operators by the way "AndAlso" and "OrElse". Actually VB.NET guys can use "AND" and "OR" operators. But they are basically from VB6 and supported still by VB.NET, like many other functionalities. But my advice is to use "AndAlso" and "OrElse". Because you already see some positive side of these operators.

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