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string equals question

jim oberon

Joined: Oct 26, 2005
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string s = ("some sentance")
stringBuffer sb = ("some sentance")


Which one would be correct the sb or the s.
marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

First, note that the syntax is...

(There are variations on these, but these are closest to what you posted.)

Now, which use of equals is correct? Neither. A StringBuffer is not a String, and a String is not a StringBuffer.

If you check the API for the equals method in String...
The result is true if and only if the argument is not null and is a String object that represents the same sequence of characters as this object.

But StringBuffer does not override the equals method. Therefore, it uses the implemention defined in Object...
...this method returns true if and only if x and y refer to the same object (x == y has the value true).

If you really need to compare these, you should get a String from your StringBuffer and compare that to the other String.

API References:

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jim oberon

Joined: Oct 26, 2005
Posts: 3
i need to figure out if the string of its String object is identical to the string of its StringBuffer object.
Sabarish Sasidharan
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marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Just call the toString method on the StingBuffer. This will return a String representation of what's in the buffer...

String sbs = sb.toString();

Then you can use String's equals method because you have 2 String objects.
jim oberon

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Then you need to ask the StringBuffer for its String form, and compare that String to your original:

String aString = ...
StringBuffer aBuffer = ...
String anotherString = aBuffer.toString();
if (aString.equals(anotherString)) ...

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