Java Comparable Interface

tutorial and example
tutorial and example


We implement comparable interface when we need new logic for determining equality. if two objects are equal, the equals() method returns true and compareTo() method returns 0. The basic need for checking equality is for sorting our collection in our specific requirement.

We need to implement a consistency with equals() and compareTo() method in our collection object, if not, all the collection classes behavior towards this object may become unpredictable. Our collection object  will be consistent if and only if  x.equals(y) is true whenever x.compareTo(y)  equals 0.

The Comparable interface has only one method.

It looks like below:

Example Comparable:


The implementation of comparable interface for string class is already defined, so it is comparable by default.