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Raj kalaria
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Joined: Sep 08, 2005
Posts: 72
Hi , I am new to java world and this might be a basic question

i want to use the below if statement in
negation form that is : if the columnname is not equal to score or summary then print not equal ( i dont want else)

String columns_name = "title";
// trying to negate but this is a syntax error
if !(columns_name.equals("score")|| columns_name.equals("summary"))

System.out.println(" NotEqual");


this works

String columns_name = "title";
if (columns_name.equals("score")|| columns_name.equals("summary"))

System.out.println(" Equal");

{System.out.println("Not Equal");
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24189

The whole condition has to go inside the parentheses. Also be careful that the "!" means what you want, and that it applies to everything you want it to.

For example: here the "!" applies only to the first "equals()":

if (!columns_name.equals("score")|| columns_name.equals("summary"))

Here, it applies to both because of the extra parentheses:

if (!(columns_name.equals("score") || columns_name.equals("summary")))

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Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
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if !(columns_name.equals("score")|| columns_name.equals("summary"))

Just put parentheses around it like so:

if ( ! (columns_name.equals("score") || columns_name.equals("summary")))
Raj kalaria
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Joined: Sep 08, 2005
Posts: 72
thanks a lot
Stan James
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Sometime soon you'll bump into boolean algebra. Here's one transform that may interest you right now:

not ( A or B ) == not A and not B

See if this is easier to read ... or not ...

if ( !columns_name.equals("score") && !columns_name.equals("summary") )

Either way is kind of twisty. I'd be tempted to reverse the if and else blocks to write

if ( columns_name.equals("score") || columns_name.equals("summary") )

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