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How to define an `equals` method in a Scala class (object equality)

Table of Contents1 - Solution2 - A Scala `equals` method example3 - Discussion4 - Example 2: A Scala `equals` method with inheritance5 - Implementing hashCode6 - See Also

Scala problem: You want to define an equals method for your class so you can compare object instances to each other.

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Solution

If you’re new to Scala, a first thing to know is that object instances are compared with ==:

"foo" == "foo"   // true
"foo" == "bar"   // false
"foo" == null    // false
null == "foo"    // false
1 == 1           // true
1 == 2           // false
1d == 1.0d       // true

case class Person(name: String)
Person("Jess") == Person("Jessie")   // false

This is different than Java, which uses == for primitive values and equals for object comparisons.

How to test String equality in Scala

This is an excerpt from the Scala Cookbook (partially modified for the internet). This is Recipe 1.1, “Testing String Equality in Scala.”

Problem

When using Scala, you want to compare two strings to see if they’re equal, i.e., whether they contain the exact same sequence of characters.

Solution

In Scala you compare two String instances with the == operator. Given these strings:

A Java tuple class (Tuple2 or Pair, if you prefer)

After working with Scala for a long time, I had to come back to Java for a while to work on an Android app. Right away I missed a lot of things from the Scala world, including all of the built-in Scala collection methods, and other things as simple as the Scala Tuple classes.

If you haven’t used them before, a Scala Tuple class lets you write code like this:

Tuple<String, Integer> t = new Tuple<>("age", 41);

If you’re comfortable with generics, the Java implementation of a Tuple class like this is simple:

Scala - How to find the unique items in a List, Array, Vector (sequence)

Scala FAQ: How do I find the unique items in a List, Array, Vector, or other Scala sequence?

Solution: Use the distinct method.

Here's a simple example using a List of integers:

scala> val x = List(1,1,1,2,2,3,3)
x: List[Int] = List(1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3)

scala> x.distinct
res0: List[Int] = List(1, 2, 3)

As you can see, res0 now contains only the unique elements in the list.

How to compare String equality in Java

Java String comparison FAQ: Can you share some examples of how to compare strings in Java?

If you’re like me, when I first started using Java, I wanted to use the == operator to test whether two String instances were equal, but that’s not the correct way to do it in Java.

A Java instanceof array example

While working with various "Java instanceof" tests recently, my curiosity was piqued, and I thought I'd take a look at how the instanceof operator works when testing against a Java array.