Hi Devesh, No. A hashcode relates to objects. A Set can have a hashcode and so can a Map. But the hashcode for the set or Map objects won't relate to the internals of the Set or Map. Each object contained in a Set or Map has its' own hashcode ... The key is a string used by Maps to directly access a stored object. There might be some internal correlation between object hashcodes and keys but we as API users are not privy to that information. As far as Java programming goes, Map keys and Object hashcodes are separate chapters of the same book ... Regards, Manfred.
# hashcode if the reference x and y denote two different objects then the expression x.hashcode ()== y.hashcode() is always fasle the above quote is from khalid mughal page 299 Q 10.2 I think that it is right b'coz hashcode returns unique for every object but according to author it is not always right can anyone ps expalin me why is this so
No! the statement: "if the reference x and y denote two different objects then the expression x.hashcode ()== y.hashcode() is always false " is incorrect. Although it is a programming objective to make hashcode generation create unique hashcodes, a hashcode is NOT guaranteed to be different. Look in the Javadocs for the hashCode method in java.lang.Object for a nice discussion of the desired properties of a hashcode. This discussion specifically addresses the above statement. Bill