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What makes you think a boolean primitive is being returned by either of them, since the Javadocs say that both return a Boolean object?
Joined: Sep 08, 2004
Detailed from the javadoc:
Returns a Boolean instance representing the specified boolean value. If the specified boolean value is true, this method returns Boolean.TRUE; if it is false, this method returns Boolean.FALSE.
b - a boolean value.
a Boolean instance representing b.
Returns a Boolean with a value represented by the specified String. The Boolean returned represents the value true if the string argument is not null and is equal, ignoring case, to the string "true".
Example: Boolean.valueOf("True") returns true.
Example: Boolean.valueOf("yes") returns false.
s - a string.
the Boolean value represented by the string.
And since the second method does not return an instance, it is recommended to be used instead of constructor Boolean(String value).
Agreed with Matthew. And I am not sure how this detail from javadoc is to be used to confirm the original question. The JavaDoc clearly states that both methods return a Boolean instance, and not a primative.
[EDIT] Oh I see now. In the example of the Javadoc (and not in the latest java 6 doc), the author mistakenly used lower case. Regardless, if you look at the signature of the method, two lines up, it is obvious that it is a documentation error.... And BTW, it looks like the java 6 javadoc remove those statements entirely.