Java, Software Development

Convenient Way to override equals(), hashCode(), and toString() methods

Two years ago, I used to override the equals() and hashCode() methods via Eclipse’s “Generate hashCode() and equals()…” feature. It proved to be a maintenance nightmare. Every time a new field is added to a class, these methods are updated to include the new instance variable. There is a convenient way to override these methods, toString() included. One that’ll not require subsequent changes when fields are added or remove from a class.