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If Statement not working...

If Statement not working...

I have tried and tried different things, but my if compare statement isn't working. I want to take the second character entered, then via an IF statement say "If Operator = "X" then set caseSelect to "1""

But it keeps jumping to the else. When I run it, it shows that it is a correct string but... just aint working.



 * @author njellis
import java.util.Scanner;
import java.lang.Character;

public class MathProgram {

     * @param args
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // TODO Auto-generated method stub

        System.out.println("Enter a simple equation or type 'done' when finished");

        Boolean done = false;
        while (!false) {
            Scanner userInputScanner = new Scanner(;
            String userInput = userInputScanner.nextLine();
            userInput = userInput.toLowerCase();
            if (userInput.contains("done")) {
                done = true;
            else {
            char a = userInput.charAt(0);
            int numFirst = Character.getNumericValue(a);
            char b = userInput.charAt(2);
            int numSecond = Character.getNumericValue(b);
            int caseSelect = 0;
            //Convert operator to string then compare and set caseSelect
            // String OperatorFirst = Character.toString(userInput.charAt(1));
            char c = userInput.charAt(1);
            String Operator = Character.toString(c);
            System.out.println("Test " + Operator); //Test shows correct operator but next part is not working properly...
            // cannot figure out why if statement isn't working correctly.
            //Compare string of Operator variable with possible matching values.
            if (Operator == "x") {
                caseSelect = 1;
            else if (Operator == "X") {
                caseSelect = 1;
            else if (Operator == "*") {
                caseSelect = 1;
            else if (Operator == "+") {
                caseSelect = 2;
            else if (Operator == "-") {
                caseSelect = 3;
            else if (Operator == "/") {
                caseSelect = 4;
            else {
                System.out.println("hmm... the operator seems incorrecet. Try any of these */+-");
                caseSelect = 5;

            System.out.println("Case Select Set to " + caseSelect);
            switch (caseSelect) {
            case 1:
                System.out.println("The result is: " + (numFirst*numSecond));
            case 2:
                System.out.println("The result is: " + (numFirst+numSecond));
            case 3:
                System.out.println("The result is: " + (numFirst-numSecond));
            case 4:
                System.out.println("The result is: " + (numFirst/numSecond));



RE: If Statement not working...


== is suitable for comparing primitives. Use the equals() method when comparing Strings :

CODE --> Java ( fragment )

            if (Operator.equals("x")) {
                caseSelect = 1;

Next time please post your code between [code] and [/code] TGML tags.


RE: If Statement not working...

I will put it in the code blocks in the future.

Thanks for your help that solved the problem.

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