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java main arg[] behaviour

Lucas Toledo

Joined: Apr 17, 2012
Posts: 7
I have the following program

when I run it
java ArgIt x
it does not print x2.
Why is that? why is it that when the string passed as an argument to the program is not ==??? does the args have a different value?
why is then "x"=="x" when args[0] is not equal (==) to "x" ?

thanks in advance,
Matthew Brown

Joined: Apr 06, 2010
Posts: 4543

Basically, you should never use == to compare Strings. You should always use equals(). However, because of the way the String pool is managed, == will sometimes give the right results. Line 5 is an example - using String literals will result in the same object being used, so == does what you expect. But this behaviour should never be relied on, and line 4 shows an example why.
John Jai

Joined: May 31, 2011
Posts: 1776
A good read - ScjpTipLine-StringsLiterally
I agree. Here's the link:
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