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 Q1. Difference between equals and hashcode in java ?Core Java2019-02-05 16:40:21

Ans. "equals" is the method of object class which is supposed to be overridden to check object equality. x.equals(y) means the references x and y are holding objects that are equal with the equality defined by the definition of equals method.

Hashcode is used for bucketing in Hash implementations like HashMap, HashTable, HashSet etc. The value received from hashcode() is used as bucket number for storing elements. This bucket number is the address of the element inside the set/map. when you do contains() then it will take the hashcode of the element, then look for the bucket where hashcode points to and if more than 1 element is found in the same bucket (multiple objects can have the same hashcode) then it uses the equals() method to evaluate if object are equal, and then decide if contain() is true or false, or decide if element could be added in the set or not.

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