Java == comparison of Dates and Double (object)

Posted on 2007-10-08
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I have a question in simple Java comparisons ..can I use == to compare Dates(java.util.Date) and Double (objects)

Can we compare Dates by using ==

someObject.getDate() == someObject2.getDate()  

someObject.getDoubleValue() =someObject2.getDoubleValue()

Question by:micro_learner
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Jeffrey Dake earned 2000 total points
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No, the correct method would be someObject.getDate().equals(someObject2.getDate())


However, in the case a double you can, because it is a primitive value.
If you have a Double object however use the .equals method
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ID: 20038797
just a hint on using equals method for date object,

if you just want to compare the date and not worry about the time( hour, min, sec... ) they got created, you may have to set 0 for them and do the compare!

and everything said by jman56 is correct!
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ID: 20038921
Another hint: when comparing objects, that is non primitive values,
you are comparing values with .equals() but you are comparing addresses with == !!!

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ID: 20039023
I agree with what has been said above.
The bottom line is this: Always compare two objects (Date's, Double's or whatever) with equals()

A nice example illustrating what sciuriware said is this:

        StringBuffer buf1 = new StringBuffer("Hello");
        StringBuffer buf2 = new StringBuffer("Hello");
        String myStr1 = buf1.toString();
        String myStr2 = buf2.toString();
        if (myStr1 == myStr2)
            System.out.println("1) equal");
            System.out.println("1) not equal");
        if (myStr1.equals(myStr2))
            System.out.println("2) equal");
            System.out.println("2) not equal");


Expert Comment

ID: 20072457
You can sue this to compare just the day date month of two dates where date1 and date two are both type Date:

double difference = (new Date(date1.getYear(),date1.getMonth(),date1.getDate(),0,0,0)).getTime() - (new Date(date2.getYear(),date2.getMonth(),date2.getDate(),0,0,0)).getTime();
difference = (int)Math.round(difference/86400000.0);

If the difference is 0, then dates are equal, otherwise provides the number of days between the two dates.

Hope this helps!

Expert Comment

ID: 20086995
And - to compare two doubles just use:
d1 == d2

Returns true or false, as explained earlier you can just compare two doubles without using any special code.

Expert Comment

ID: 20106107
They are right. To compare double, just use ==. If you wanna compare Double, then use equals. Here's a correct example..

        double firstdouble = 1.23;
        double seconddouble = 1.23;
             Double firstDouble = 3.33;
      Double secondDouble = 3.33;
        if(firstdouble == seconddouble)
            System.out.println("comparing double and double using == operator");

            System.out.println("comparing Double and Double using equals");

you cannot compare double using equals as it will throw you "double cannot be dereferenced" when compile.

Expert Comment

ID: 20106265
as for DATE, u can use compareTo to compare them

       Date a = new Date();
      Date b = new Date();
      Date c = new Date(106,3,1);
      System.out.println("a=" + a);
      System.out.println("b=" + b);
      System.out.println("c=" + c);

      if(a.compareTo(b) == 0)


      if(a.compareTo(c) > 0)

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