Medvednic Medvednic - 7 months ago 49
C++ Question

Comparing strings, c++

I have a question:

Let's say there are two

s and I want to compare them, there is the option of using the
function of the
class but I also noticed that it is possible using simple
< > !=
operators (both of the cases are possible even if I don't include the
Can someone explain why the
function exists if a comparison can be made using simple operators?

btw I use Code::Blocks 13.12
here is an example of my code:

#include <iostream>
#include <string>

using std::cin;
using std::cout;
using std::endl;
using std::string;
using std::getline;

int main()
string temp1, temp2;
cout << "Enter first word: ";
getline (cin,temp1);
cout << "Enter second word: ";
getline (cin,temp2);
cout << "First word: " << temp1 << endl << "Second word: " << temp2 << endl;
if (temp1 > temp2)
cout << "One" << endl;
if ( < 0)
cout << "Two" << endl;
return 0;


.compare() returns an integer, which is a measure of the difference between the two strings.

  • A return value of 0 indicates that the two strings compare as equal.
  • A positive value means that the compared string is longer, or the first non-matching character is greater.
  • A negative value means that the compared string is shorter, or the first non-matching character is lower.

operator== simply returns a boolean, indicating whether the strings are equal or not.

If you don't need the extra detail, you may as well just use ==.