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Chapter 3. Methods Common to All Objects > Item 9: Always override hashCode whe...

Item 9: Always override hashCode when you override equals

A common source of bugs is the failure to override the hashCode method. You must override hashCode in every class that overrides equals. Failure to do so will result in a violation of the general contract for Object.hashCode, which will prevent your class from functioning properly in conjunction with all hash-based collections, including HashMap, HashSet, and Hashtable.

Here is the contract, copied from the Object specification [JavaSE6]:


  

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