GuruKulki GuruKulki - 3 months ago 24
Java Question

Comparing StringBuffer content with equals

StringBuffer sb1 = new StringBuffer("Java");
StringBuffer sb2 = new StringBuffer("Java");
System.out.println(sb1 == sb2);

Here both are returning false. How is it possible?


The equals method of StringBuffer is not overridden from Object, so it is just reference equality, i.e., the same as using ==. I suspect the reason for this is that StringBuffer is modifiable, and overriding equals is mostly useful for value-like classes that you might want to use as keys (though lists also have an overridden equals and StringBuffer is kind of a list, so this is a bit inconsistent).