How to Compare Two Objects with the equals Method in Java

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To test whether two objects are equal, a developer should provide an equals method. The logic in the method can determine if the two objects are equal and return true, or return false otherwise. To compare two objects with the equals method, follow these four steps.

  1. Open your text editor and create a new file that will contain the circle class and a main method to test two circles for equality. Type in the following Java statements.Java Source for Equals MethodAccording to the equals method, two circles are equal if they have the same radius.
  2. Save your file as CompareTwoObjectsWithequalsMethod.java.
  3. Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory containing your Java program. Then type in the command to compile the source and hit Enter.Compile Source for Equals Method Program
  4. You are ready to test your program. Type in the command to run the Java runtime launcher and then hit Enter.Run the Equals Method ProgramNotice the equals method correctly determined circle1 is equal to circle2. As an exercise, change circle2 to circle3 in the if statement to test circles that are not equal.

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