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A static method is a method available in the given class, rather than as an object. Programmatically that means you can't use dot notation, instead you use notation similar to
example: the compare method is a static.
What is really interesting in the above example is that the CompareTo() method does basically the same thing as Compare, but is not a static so can use dot notation (as well as autocomplete using Tab).