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A Comparator for Boolean objects that can sort either true or false first

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import java.io.Serializable;
import java.util.Comparator;

 * A Comparator for Boolean objects that can sort either true or false first.
 * @author Keith Donald
 * @since 1.2.2
public final class BooleanComparator implements Comparator, Serializable {

   * A shared default instance of this comparator, treating true lower
   * than false.
  public static final BooleanComparator TRUE_LOW = new BooleanComparator(true);

   * A shared default instance of this comparator, treating true higher
   * than false.
  public static final BooleanComparator TRUE_HIGH = new BooleanComparator(false);

  private final boolean trueLow;

   * Create a BooleanComparator that sorts boolean values based on
   * the provided flag.
   * <p>Alternatively, you can use the default shared instances:
   * <code>BooleanComparator.TRUE_LOW</code> and
   * <code>BooleanComparator.TRUE_HIGH</code>.
   * @param trueLow whether to treat true as lower or higher than false
   * @see #TRUE_LOW
   * @see #TRUE_HIGH
  public BooleanComparator(boolean trueLow) {
    this.trueLow = trueLow;

  public int compare(Object o1, Object o2) {
    boolean v1 = ((Boolean) o1).booleanValue();
    boolean v2 = ((Boolean) o2).booleanValue();
    return (v1 ^ v2) ? ((v1 ^ this.trueLow) ? 1 : -1) : 0;

  public boolean equals(Object obj) {
    if (this == obj) {
      return true;
    if (!(obj instanceof BooleanComparator)) {
      return false;
    return (this.trueLow == ((BooleanComparator) obj).trueLow);

  public int hashCode() {
    return (this.trueLow ? -1 : 1) * getClass().hashCode();

  public String toString() {
    return "BooleanComparator: " + (this.trueLow ? "true low" : "true high");



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