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problem with if-condition

Sara Tracy
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Joined: Jan 06, 2006
Posts: 45
I get the values of fileDirectory and mimeType from a List. The value of mimeType I receive is "text/xml". the first if-condition works fine, however the second if-condition doesn't work at all, and hence I'm not able to read the contents of the file.

The code looks simple, but I'm unable to figure out what the problem is.

Any help appreciated.


String fileDirectory = list.get(0).toString();
String mimeType = list.get(1).toString(); // value is text/xml
//System.out.println("mimeType is "+mimeType);

//if (fileDirectory != null && mimeType != null)
//System.out.println("mimeType is "+mimeType);
String filePath = "c:\\" + fileDirectory + "\\";
fileName = filePath + fileName;

if (mimeType == "text/xml")
//read file contents....

Corey McGlone
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Joined: Dec 20, 2001
Posts: 3271
Try using this:

SCJP Tipline, etc.
Layne Lund
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Joined: Dec 06, 2001
Posts: 3061
You should read up on the difference between the == operator and the equals() method. In general, the == operator will not behave the way you expect when comparing objects. Use the equals() method instead.


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Sara Tracy
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Joined: Jan 06, 2006
Posts: 45
equals() worked.
thanks Corey and Layne !

I agree. Here's the link:
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