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equals() and hashCode()

 
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I don't get why two objects which returns true for the equals() method must have the same hashCode. Can anybody elaborate?
 
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Consult Effective Java by J Bloch. Best source
 
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The simple answer is: Because that is what the specification of these methods prescribe (see the API documentation for the two methods in class Object).

Some of the collection classes, especially sets and maps, need this to function properly.
 
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logic is very simple, equal() method says two objects are meaningfully equal or not, if two objects are equal their hashcode should also be equal.

some collection classes like HashMap, Hashset etc use this Hashcode() method, while storing the objects. That is the reason specs reccodend to override hashcode() and equal() method while your are using any of the above collections.
 
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logic is very simple, equal() method says two objects are meaningfully equal or not, if two objects are equal their hashcode should also be equal.

some collection classes like HashMap, Hashset etc use this Hashcode() method, while storing the objects. That is the reason specs recommend to override hashcode() and equal() method while your are using any of the above collections.
 
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They don't HAVE to be equal unless you want them to work in collections.
 
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See this post. It contains a link and an explanation that I think will help.
 
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