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Javascript Comparing Strings

To compare strings alphabetically, use localeCompare(). This returns a negative value if the reference string is lexicographically (alphabetically) before the compared string (the parameter), a positive value if it comes afterwards, and a value of 0 if they are equal.

var a = "hello";
var b = "world";



The > and < operators can also be used to compare strings lexicographically, but they cannot return a value of zero (this can be tested with the == equality operator). As a result, a form of the localeCompare() function can be written like so:

function strcmp(a, b) {
 if(a === b) {
 return 0;
 if (a > b) {
 return 1;
 return -1;
console.log(strcmp("hello", "world")); // -1
console.log(strcmp("hello", "hello")); // 0
console.log(strcmp("world", "hello")); // 1



This is especially useful when using a sorting function that compares based on the sign of the return value (such as sort)

var arr = ["bananas", "cranberries", "apples"];
arr.sort(function(a, b) {
 return a.localeCompare(b);


[ "apples", "bananas", "cranberries" ]


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