Guava - Objects Class


Objects class provides helper functions applicable to all objects such as equals, hashCode, etc.

Class Declaration

Following is the declaration for class:

public final class Objects
   extends Object

Class Methods

Sr.No Method & Description
1 static boolean equal(Object a, Object b)

Determines whether two possibly-null objects are equal.

2 static <T> T firstNonNull(T first, T second)

Deprecated. Use MoreObjects.firstNonNull(T, T) instead. This method is scheduled for removal in June 2016.

3 static int hashCode(Object... objects)

Generates a hash code for multiple values.

4 static Objects.ToStringHelper toStringHelper(Class<?> clazz)

Deprecated. Use MoreObjects.toStringHelper(Class) instead. This method is scheduled for removal in June 2016

5 static Objects.ToStringHelper toStringHelper(Object self)

Deprecated. Use MoreObjects.toStringHelper(Object) instead. This method is scheduled for removal in June 2016.

6 static Objects.ToStringHelper toStringHelper(String className)

Deprecated. Use MoreObjects.toStringHelper(String) instead. This method is scheduled for removal in June 2016.

Methods Inherited

This class inherits methods from the following class:

  • java.lang.Object

Example of Objects class

Create the following java program using any editor of your choice in say C:/> Guava.

public class GuavaTester {
   public static void main(String args[]) {
      Student s1 = new Student("Mahesh", "Parashar", 1, "VI");	
      Student s2 = new Student("Suresh", null, 3, null);	
         .add("Name",s1.getFirstName()+" " + s1.getLastName())
         .add("Class", s1.getClassName())
         .add("Roll No", s1.getRollNo())

class Student {
   private String firstName;
   private String lastName;
   private int rollNo;
   private String className;

   public Student(String firstName, String lastName, int rollNo, String className) {
      this.firstName = firstName;
      this.lastName = lastName;
      this.rollNo = rollNo;
      this.className = className;		

   public boolean equals(Object object) {
      if(!(object instanceof Student) || object == null){
         return false;
      Student student = (Student)object;
      // no need to handle null here		
      // Objects.equal("test", "test") == true
      // Objects.equal("test", null) == false
      // Objects.equal(null, "test") == false
      // Objects.equal(null, null) == true		
      return Objects.equal(firstName, student.firstName) // first name can be null
         && Objects.equal(lastName, student.lastName) // last name can be null
         && Objects.equal(rollNo, student.rollNo)	
         && Objects.equal(className, student.className);// class name can be null

   public int hashCode() {
      //no need to compute hashCode by self
      return Objects.hashCode(className,rollNo);
   public String getFirstName() {
      return firstName;
   public void setFirstName(String firstName) {
      this.firstName = firstName;
   public String getLastName() {
      return lastName;
   public void setLastName(String lastName) {
      this.lastName = lastName;
   public int getRollNo() {
      return rollNo;
   public void setRollNo(int rollNo) {
      this.rollNo = rollNo;
   public String getClassName() {
      return className;
   public void setClassName(String className) {
      this.className = className;

Verify the Result

Compile the class using javac compiler as follows:


Now run the GuavaTester to see the result.

C:\Guava>java GuavaTester

See the result.

Student{Name=Mahesh Parashar, Class=VI, Roll No=1}