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Syed Naimathullah

Joined: Feb 18, 2007
Posts: 17
program from mock exam java belt
explain program in full detail

01: class MyClass {
02: static int maxElements;
04: MyClass(int maxElements) {
05: this.maxElements = maxElements;
06: }
07: }
09: public class Q19 {
10: public static void main(String[] args) {
11: MyClass a = new MyClass(100);
12: MyClass b = new MyClass(100);
14: if (a.equals(b))
15: System.out.println("Objects have the same values");
16: else
17: System.out.println("Objects have different values");
18: }
19: }

i thought the output will be
Prints "Objects have the same values"
but the output is "Objects have different values"
marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Please don't post duplicates. Continue this discussion here.

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Priyam Srivastava
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Joined: Oct 29, 2006
Posts: 169
the O/P for this would be "Objects have different values" because class MyClass doesn't override the equals() method. Hence when you called a.equlas(b) the equals method of Object class get called.Object class's equlas() method returns true if both the reference varialble refers to the same object i.e
public boolean equals(Object o) {
. // Partial implementation of equals method in Object class..
return true;
else return false;

MyClass a = new MyClass(100);
MyClass b = new MyClass(100);
here both a & b refers to two different objects on the heap..hence a.equlas(b) returns false...

change your code to::
MyClass a = new MyClass(100);
MyClass b = a;
it will now return true since both a & b refers to the same objetc on heap!!

Read Chapter 6 in K&B for more help..

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marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Again, this is a duplicate post. Please continue this discussion under the other thread.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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