Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

java.lang
Class Boolean

java.lang.Object
  extended by java.lang.Boolean
All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable, Comparable<Boolean>

public final class Boolean
extends Object
implements Serializable, Comparable<Boolean>

The Boolean class wraps a value of the primitive type boolean in an object. An object of type Boolean contains a single field whose type is boolean.

In addition, this class provides many methods for converting a boolean to a String and a String to a boolean, as well as other constants and methods useful when dealing with a boolean.

Since:
JDK1.0
See Also:
Serialized Form

Field Summary
static Boolean FALSE
          The Boolean object corresponding to the primitive value false.
static Boolean TRUE
          The Boolean object corresponding to the primitive value true.
static Class<Boolean> TYPE
          The Class object representing the primitive type boolean.
 
Constructor Summary
Boolean(boolean value)
          Allocates a Boolean object representing the value argument.
Boolean(String s)
          Allocates a Boolean object representing the value true if the string argument is not null and is equal, ignoring case, to the string "true".
 
Method Summary
 boolean booleanValue()
          Returns the value of this Boolean object as a boolean primitive.
 int compareTo(Boolean b)
          Compares this Boolean instance with another.
 boolean equals(Object obj)
          Returns true if and only if the argument is not null and is a Boolean object that represents the same boolean value as this object.
static boolean getBoolean(String name)
          Returns true if and only if the system property named by the argument exists and is equal to the string "true".
 int hashCode()
          Returns a hash code for this Boolean object.
static boolean parseBoolean(String s)
          Parses the string argument as a boolean.
 String toString()
          Returns a String object representing this Boolean's value.
static String toString(boolean b)
          Returns a String object representing the specified boolean.
static Boolean valueOf(boolean b)
          Returns a Boolean instance representing the specified boolean value.
static Boolean valueOf(String s)
          Returns a Boolean with a value represented by the specified string.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

TRUE

public static final Boolean TRUE
The Boolean object corresponding to the primitive value true.


FALSE

public static final Boolean FALSE
The Boolean object corresponding to the primitive value false.


TYPE

public static final Class<Boolean> TYPE
The Class object representing the primitive type boolean.

Since:
JDK1.1
Constructor Detail

Boolean

public Boolean(boolean value)
Allocates a Boolean object representing the value argument.

Note: It is rarely appropriate to use this constructor. Unless a new instance is required, the static factory valueOf(boolean) is generally a better choice. It is likely to yield significantly better space and time performance.

Parameters:
value - the value of the Boolean.

Boolean

public Boolean(String s)
Allocates a Boolean object representing the value true if the string argument is not null and is equal, ignoring case, to the string "true". Otherwise, allocate a Boolean object representing the value false. Examples:

new Boolean("True") produces a Boolean object that represents true.
new Boolean("yes") produces a Boolean object that represents false.

Parameters:
s - the string to be converted to a Boolean.
Method Detail

parseBoolean

public static boolean parseBoolean(String s)
Parses the string argument as a boolean. The boolean returned represents the value true if the string argument is not null and is equal, ignoring case, to the string "true".

Example: Boolean.parseBoolean("True") returns true.
Example: Boolean.parseBoolean("yes") returns false.

Parameters:
s - the String containing the boolean representation to be parsed
Returns:
the boolean represented by the string argument
Since:
1.5

booleanValue

public boolean booleanValue()
Returns the value of this Boolean object as a boolean primitive.

Returns:
the primitive boolean value of this object.

valueOf

public static Boolean valueOf(boolean b)
Returns a Boolean instance representing the specified boolean value. If the specified boolean value is true, this method returns Boolean.TRUE; if it is false, this method returns Boolean.FALSE. If a new Boolean instance is not required, this method should generally be used in preference to the constructor Boolean(boolean), as this method is likely to yield significantly better space and time performance.

Parameters:
b - a boolean value.
Returns:
a Boolean instance representing b.
Since:
1.4

valueOf

public static Boolean valueOf(String s)
Returns a Boolean with a value represented by the specified string. The Boolean returned represents a true value if the string argument is not null and is equal, ignoring case, to the string "true".

Parameters:
s - a string.
Returns:
the Boolean value represented by the string.

toString

public static String toString(boolean b)
Returns a String object representing the specified boolean. If the specified boolean is true, then the string "true" will be returned, otherwise the string "false" will be returned.

Parameters:
b - the boolean to be converted
Returns:
the string representation of the specified boolean
Since:
1.4

toString

public String toString()
Returns a String object representing this Boolean's value. If this object represents the value true, a string equal to "true" is returned. Otherwise, a string equal to "false" is returned.

Overrides:
toString in class Object
Returns:
a string representation of this object.

hashCode

public int hashCode()
Returns a hash code for this Boolean object.

Overrides:
hashCode in class Object
Returns:
the integer 1231 if this object represents true; returns the integer 1237 if this object represents false.
See Also:
Object.equals(java.lang.Object), Hashtable

equals

public boolean equals(Object obj)
Returns true if and only if the argument is not null and is a Boolean object that represents the same boolean value as this object.

Overrides:
equals in class Object
Parameters:
obj - the object to compare with.
Returns:
true if the Boolean objects represent the same value; false otherwise.
See Also:
Object.hashCode(), Hashtable

getBoolean

public static boolean getBoolean(String name)
Returns true if and only if the system property named by the argument exists and is equal to the string "true". (Beginning with version 1.0.2 of the JavaTM platform, the test of this string is case insensitive.) A system property is accessible through getProperty, a method defined by the System class.

If there is no property with the specified name, or if the specified name is empty or null, then false is returned.

Parameters:
name - the system property name.
Returns:
the boolean value of the system property.
See Also:
System.getProperty(java.lang.String), System.getProperty(java.lang.String, java.lang.String)

compareTo

public int compareTo(Boolean b)
Compares this Boolean instance with another.

Specified by:
compareTo in interface Comparable<Boolean>
Parameters:
b - the Boolean instance to be compared
Returns:
zero if this object represents the same boolean value as the argument; a positive value if this object represents true and the argument represents false; and a negative value if this object represents false and the argument represents true
Throws:
NullPointerException - if the argument is null
Since:
1.5
See Also:
Comparable

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