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hashcode() in java

JayaSiji Gopal
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What is the use of the hashcode() in java?
with respect to entity beans, how is the hashcode() used for?

SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4<br /> <br />Thanks in advance!<br />Jayashree.
Jesper de Jong
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Read the Javadoc documentation of the method hashCode() in class Object. It says:

"This method is supported for the benefit of hashtables such as those provided by java.util.Hashtable."

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Paul Sturrock

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