Equals and HashCode in Java

Equals and HashCode methods in Java are two fundamental methods from java.lang.Object class, which is used to compare equality of objects, primarily inside hash based collections such as Hashtable and HashMap. Both equals() and hashCode() are defined in java.lang.Object class and there default implementation is based upon Object information e.g. default equals() method return true, if two objects are exactly same i.e. they are pointing to same memory address, while default implementation of hashcode method returnint and implemented as native method. Similar default implementation of toString() method, returns type of class, followed by memory address in hex String. It’s advised to override these method, based upon logical and business rules e.g. String overrides equals to check equality of  two String based upon content, we have also seen and example implementation of equals() and hashCode for custom classes. Because of there usefulness and usage, they are also very popular in various level of Java Interviews, and In this tutorial, I am going to shared some of the really interesting questions from equals() and hashCode() method in Java. This question not only test your concept on both method, but also gives an opportunity to explore them more.

Read more: http://javarevisited.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-equals-and-hashcode-interview.html#ixzz3JWJv6Tbc

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