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kri shan
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Joined: Apr 08, 2004
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Float value1 = new Float(12);
Float value2 = new Float(12);

value1.equals(value2) returns true / false? (equals compares only String contents)
value1 == value2 returns true / false ? ( == compares object references)
David Newton

Joined: Sep 29, 2008
Posts: 12617

Are you asking? What happens when you run it?
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46367
What have you tried? Have you looked in the Java™ Language Specification about caching values? Did you see whether that applies to Float? Is there any evidence that th Float has a String in it anywhere?
Greg Charles

Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 2968

== compares references and equals() compares values. If you don't understand the difference between references and values, then learning that is your first job. While it's possible to code in Java without clearly understanding references, I don't think it's really possible to do it well.

Somewhat complicating the issue is that the default implementation of equals() just compares references, so it does exactly what == does. However, Integers override that behavior, and instead compare the integer values, so even two Integer objects with different references will be equal according to equals() if they contain the same value.

Further complicating the issue is that Java's compiler tries to optimize memory usage. It will sometimes recognize that two Integers contain the same value and so can share a reference. In those cases, the == test will return true even though it seems you are comparing two different objects. It is because Integers are immutable that the compiler can safely make this optimization.

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