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From Geoffrey De Smet <>
Subject Re: [lang] null-safe compareTo method
Date Tue, 21 Feb 2006 08:26:09 GMT
Thanks, but:

equals doesn't compare: it only returns true or false, not -1, 0 and 1.
I use it in a custom Comporator to sort a List with Collections.sort(),
The CompareToBuilder is a bit overkill: I just need to compare 2 
strings, null safe.
Not that it's hard or a lot to write :) just wanted to say I think it's 
missing from ObjectUtils.

Alfredo Ledezma Melendez wrote:
> Specifically for strings use this:
> tml#equals(java.lang.String,%20java.lang.String)
> For more generic handling of comparison checking:
> reToBuilder.html
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: news []On Behalf Of Geoffrey De Smet
>> Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:05 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: [lang] null-safe compareTo method
>> Is there a null-safe compare method?
>> I need to compare 2 strings:
>> - both null => equal
>> - one null => that one is smaller
>> - neither null => a.compareTo(b)
>> Else I 'd propose something like:
>> a, Comparable b)
>> --
>> With kind regards,
>> Geoffrey De Smet
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