Microsoft® Visual Basic® Scripting Edition Comparison Operators 
Language Reference Version 1

Used to compare expressions.
result = expression1 comparisonoperator expression2result = object1 Is object2
Comparison operators have these parts:
Part Description result Any numeric variable. expression Any expression. comparisonoperator Any comparison operator. object Any object name.
The Is operator has specific comparison functionality that differs from the operators in the following table. The following table contains a list of the comparison operators and the conditions that determine whether result is True, False, or Null:
Operator Description True if False if Null if < Less than expression1 < expression2 expression1 >= expression2 expression1 or expression2 = Null <= Less than or equal to expression1 <= expression2 expression1 > expression2 expression1 or expression2 = Null > Greater than expression1 > expression2 expression1 <= expression2 expression1 or expression2 = Null >= Greater than or equal to expression1 >= expression2 expression1 < expression2 expression1 or expression2 = Null = Equal to expression1 = expression2 expression1 <> expression2 expression1 or expression2 = Null <> Not equal to expression1 <> expression2 expression1 = expression2 expression1 or expression2 = Null When comparing two expressions, you may not be able to easily determine whether the expressions are being compared as numbers or as strings.
The following table shows how expressions are compared or what results from the comparison, depending on the underlying subtype:
If Then Both expressions are numeric Perform a numeric comparison. Both expressions are strings Perform a string comparison. One expression is numeric and the other is a string The numeric expression is less than the string expression. One expression is Empty and the other is numeric Perform a numeric comparison, using 0 as the Empty expression. One expression is Empty and the other is a string Perform a string comparison, using a zerolength string ("") as the Empty expression. Both expressions are Empty The expressions are equal.