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# != or /= or basically the not equal sign

Fri 28 May, 2004 12:40 pm
How do you write the not equal sign?

In programming it is often != and I use that. I just saw /= as well today.

What do you use (other than )?
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ebrown p

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Fri 28 May, 2004 01:14 pm
I have also seen "<>" (less than or greater than)"

I always use != (but then I am a programmer).
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McGentrix

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Fri 28 May, 2004 01:33 pm
Huh! I didn't know existed here...
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ebrown p

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Fri 28 May, 2004 01:42 pm
I think if I saw "foo /= bar" I would interpret it as

foo = foo / bar;
Brandon9000

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Fri 28 May, 2004 02:11 pm
Of the forms that I can write with this keyboard, I have seen != and <>, but never /=.
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PostModernFreak

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Thu 3 Jun, 2004 03:10 pm
The semantical standard is !=

I have never seen the /= before either. Where did you see it used?
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SealPoet

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Fri 4 Jun, 2004 04:29 am
Then there's the ever popular 'NE'. As opposed to EQ, GT, LT, GE, and LE...
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prettygurlinpink

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Tue 8 Feb, 2005 04:50 am
What exactly does this mean: The use of the = symbol in programming requires a new understanding of the terms assignment and equality. (?) Are there any other use for the equal sign in programming other than indicate mathematical or logical equivalence ?
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FreeDuck

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Tue 8 Feb, 2005 06:50 am
I use != but I've seen <> used in pl sql.

pgp, I think = in programming is mostly used for assignment. Assigning values to variables and such. To check equality, depending on the language, it's usually == (in Java .equals()). There is a big difference between assigning something equal and checking equality.
prettygurlinpink

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Tue 8 Feb, 2005 07:01 am
visual C++
freeduck do u know visual C++?
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FreeDuck

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Tue 8 Feb, 2005 07:55 am
No, sorry, not well enough to be of any use to you. But if you have a specific question about it I'm sure someone here knows enough to at least point you in the direction of the answer.
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unlawflcombatnt

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Sun 10 Feb, 2008 05:24 pm
Re: != or /= or basically the not equal sign
Craven de Kere wrote:
How do you write the not equal sign?

In programming it is often != and I use that. I just saw /= as well today.

What do you use (other than )?

I noticed here that typing in ": ! = :" gives the symbol on this board, but not elsewhere.

Is there any way to make this work elsewhere, like on another forum? (like on my Edit [Moderator]: Link removed?).

The "" sign would really be useful to me.
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Vengoropatubus

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Sun 10 Feb, 2008 08:21 pm
I think /= is some sort of shorthand for =/=
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Quincy

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Mon 11 Feb, 2008 07:07 am
I use ~=, which is from Matlab/Octave, but != is inter-changeable in Matlab, I think.

EDIT: I suppose if you use '~' for 'not', you could also use , er, nevermind, I can't seem to place the symbol here, but it looks like a L rotated 90 degrees forward and then flipped over.
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vinsan

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Mon 11 Feb, 2008 10:39 am
<> is more famous though. Its an old notion.
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Vengoropatubus

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Mon 11 Feb, 2008 09:07 pm
Quincy wrote:
I use ~=, which is from Matlab/Octave, but != is inter-changeable in Matlab, I think.

EDIT: I suppose if you use '~' for 'not', you could also use , er, nevermind, I can't seem to place the symbol here, but it looks like a L rotated 90 degrees forward and then flipped over.

yah, I have a math book with that in it. sort of like a ",_" except upside down and in the middle of the line.
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Craven de Kere

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Tue 12 Feb, 2008 02:06 am
Re: != or /= or basically the not equal sign
unlawflcombatnt wrote:

I noticed here that typing in ": ! = :" gives the symbol on this board, but not elsewhere.

Is there any way to make this work elsewhere, like on another forum?

Just make it an emoticon for the board. Most board software allows you to add emoticons.
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Wed 19 Aug, 2009 05:03 am
@FreeDuck,
Yes, you're right <> is used in SQL and PL/SQL
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JPB

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Wed 19 Aug, 2009 07:32 am
I use != in sql+ and ne in SAS. Common syntax in SAS would be

if x ne 7 or y gt 8 or z le 6 then...

which translates to

if x not equal to 7 or y greater than 8 or z less than or equal to 6 then...
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Litoz

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Tue 15 Sep, 2009 10:09 pm
hi people! i had programed in various languages and for telling "no equal" u use " !=" , the /= is a sort of "+=" but with division insteand. putting "x = x/y " is the same than "x/=y" got it?? and the otre simbol in math is "¬" the L shaped they say. here to help

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