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Confused in equals working and its overriding

 
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Hello,
by following code :


the result why a.equals(a1) is false ?
Please explain how equal and instanceof works with classes and objects.
How does equals work at the low level?
Pretty confused in the area.
 
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have you check hashCode()
hashCode must generate equal values for equal objects
 
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How does equals work at the low level?

I take this to mean "If I don't override the equals(Object) method from the Object class then how does equals() work for my class?"

In that case the equals() method from Object is used. And that method returns true if the two objects being compared are the same object, and false if they are different objects.

In your example you are comparing two different objects, so the equals() method returns false.

And no, declaring a hashCode method has no effect on the result of equals().
 
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Just to add to what Paul said.

References here mean the variable names. And Instances mean the actual object created with the "new" command.
The default implementation of equals() method (provided in the class Object)- checks if the 2 References are pointing to the same object on the heap.


You see that the default implementation doesnt actually check the contents of the objects these references point to, instead it just checks if these references point to the same object.

You can override the equals() method in your class and then provide a check to see if the contents are also equal.
 
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my doubt is
for comparison of two String's equal method check the contents
will it compare form the hascode genrated
as when creating strings it will verify if it already exist in the String pool if not create the new one and store the address





 
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That applies to Strings and the wrapper classes (to a limited extent), but doesn't apply to your classes.

And I don't believe the String#equals(java.lang.Object) method uses the hash code. You would have to look in src.zip to be sure.
 
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