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Java Java Basics Perfecting the Prototype String Equality

I need help understanding the question

Add another if statement that checks if the firstExample is equal ignoring case to thirdExample. If it, is print out "first and third are the same ignoring case".

// I have imported a java.io.Console for you, it is named console. 
String firstExample = "hello";
String secondExample = "hello";
 if (firstExample == secondExample) {
   console.printf("first is equal to second.");
String thirdExample = "HELLO";
if (firstExample == thirdExample) {
  console.printf("first and third are the same ignoring case.");

I don't think I understand what exactly is being asked of me. Can someone break down the question for me?

1 Answer

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi there, Dorian Ellison! Looks like you're doing pretty well! The challenge is asking for you to compare the first example against the third example and print out something if they are equal if you disregard the case. For example, if I don't take capitalization into account then "Tree", "tREE", "TREE", and "tree" should all be the same word.

To do this, you need the equalsIgnoreCase method. It was introduced in the previous video around the 3:58 mark.

if(firstExample.equalsIgnoreCase(thirdExample)) {
   // print your message here

Hope this helps! :sparkles: