This article covers the use of VB.NET operators.

Along with VB.NET Data types, Operators form the very base of the VB.NET language. These two topics are the first things anyone coming into this language should learn. Operators are used widely in numerous applications, along with numerous other statements such as loops. The most commonly used operators or Arithmetic, Assignment and comparison.

### Arithmetic Operators

Arithmetic Operators in VB.NET are used to perform numerical calculations. Below are all the Arithmetic operations supported by VB.NET.

Name | Operator | Description |
---|---|---|

Addition | + | Sum of two numbers. |

Subtraction | – | Difference of two numbers. |

Multiplication | * | Product of two numbers. |

Division | / | Division of two numbers, returns float value. |

Division | \ | Division of two numbers, returns integer value. (Decimal part removed) |

Modulus | MOD | Remainder of the division of two numbers. |

Exponent | ^ | Exponential of a number. |

### Comparison Operators

Comparison operators are used between two values or statements to determine a result. Below is the list of all the supported Comparison operations in VB.NET

Name | Operator | Description |
---|---|---|

Equals to | `=` | Returns True if values are equal |

Not Equal to | `<>` | Returns True if values are not equal |

Greater than | `>` | Returns True is value is greater |

Greater than or equals to | `>=` | Returns True is value is equal or greater |

Less than: | `<` | Returns True is value is smaller |

Less than: | `<=` | Returns True if value is equal or smaller |

### Assignment Operators

Arguably the most common, Assignment Operators are used to assign values to variables. See the full list of Assignment operations below.

Operator | Example | Equivalent |
---|---|---|

= | `x = 2 ` | N/A |

+= | `x += 2` | `x = x + 2` |

-= | `x -= 2` | `x = x - 2` |

*= | `x *= 2` | `x = x * 2` |

/= | `x /= 2` | `x = x / 2` |

\= | `x \= 2` | `x = x \ 2` |

%= | `x %= 2` | `x = x % 3` |

^= | `x ^= 2` | `x = x ^ 2` |

### Logical Operators

Used to carry out logical operations on and between values in VB.NET such as `and`

and `or`

. Below is a full list of logical operators in VB.NET.

Operator | Description | Example |
---|---|---|

And | Returns True is both expressions are True | (x < 5) And (y < 2) |

Or | Returns True if one or both of two expressions is True | (x = 5) Or (x = 2) |

Not | An inverting operator. Converts True to False and vice versa | Not(5 > 3) |

Xor | Returns True only if one of two expressions are True. | (x = 5) Xor (x = 2) |

AndAlso | Returns True is both expressions are True | (x < 5) And (y < 2) |

OrElse | Returns True if one or both of two expressions is True | (x = 5) Or (x = 2) |

IsFalse | Determines whether a given expression is True | |

IsTrue | Determines whether a given expression is False |

`AndAlso`

and `OrElse`

are almost identical to `And`

and `Or`

respectively. The difference is that `And`

and `Or`

can also be used as Bit-wise operators, whereas `AndAlso`

and `OrElse`

can only be used on Boolean Data. This distinction helps to avoid confusion in some cases.

### Bit-wise Operators

Bit-Wise operations occur between binary numbers. The operators operate on each bit in the numbers individually, producing a single bit as output until all the bits have been acted upon.

Operator | Description | |
---|---|---|

And | If both bits are one, the output bit is one as well. | |

Or | If either of the bits or both is one, the output bit is one. | |

Xor | If one of the bits is one, but not both, the output bit is one. | |

Not | Acts on a single binary number. Flips the bit from 1 to 0 and vice versa. | |

<< | Binary Left Shift Operator. The bits of the binary number on the left hand side of this operators are shifted to the left by the number specified by the right hand operand. | |

>> | Binary Right Shift Operator. The bits of the binary number on the left hand side of this operators are shifted to the right by the number specified by the right hand operand. |

*Operators that act on a single number/value are called unary operators.*

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