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== and equals()

adam Lui
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Joined: Sep 03, 2007
Posts: 186
Integer x = new Integer (22);
Integer y = new Integer (22);
if(x == y) System.out.println ("x == y is true"); else System.out.println ("x==y is false");
if(x.equals(y)){System.out.println ("x.equals(y) is true");} else System.out.println ("x.equals(y) is false");

the output is
---------- Capture Output ----------
x==y is false
x.equals(y) is true
> Terminated with exit code 0.

I doubt about x and y have the same value, why it turns out false?
x and y is true, because they share the same data type, or based on same value 22?
marc weber
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Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

== is a simple comparison of values. For primitives, this is straight forward. For references, it compares whether the same object is referenced.

When you create instances using "new," you are creating distinct objects. Even if two instances might be considered "equal" according to how their equals method is implemented, they are separate objects and == will indicate this.
[ September 18, 2007: Message edited by: marc weber ]

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