GuruKulki GuruKulki - 25 days ago 6
Java Question

Comparing StringBuffer content with equals

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


Here both are returning false. How is it possible?

Answer

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).