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null values in EL doubt.

Kunal Shridhar

Joined: Jun 12, 2011
Posts: 1

In EL, a null value is treated as 0 or false. But why does the statement
${false == null}
output false?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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In SQL, nothing is equal to null. I'm guessing it is similar in EL. False is an object so it isn't null.

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Stefan Evans

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Where did you get your base assumption: "In EL, a null value is treated as 0 or false."?
Is that a valid assumption? In all cases?

> why does the statement ${false == null} output false?

Because thats what the spec says it should do.

1.8.2 A {==,!=,eq,ne} B
■ If A==B, apply operator
■ If A is null or B is null return false for == or eq, true for != or ne.
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