I'm a Java newbie but I am enjoying the experience so far.

I am currently stuck on what seems to be a trivial problem, but so far it has me stumped!

I'm reading in lines of text one at a time, and feeding them into a scanner to break them up into individial words. All works fine. I know need to analyse the words emitted from the scanner and check them.

My particular application permits comments in the text file, in the following form:

( this is a comment )

So an opening bracket will set a flag, such that no further text processing will occur until a closing bracket is encountered.

However, I have got stuck on the detection of the firt opening bracket. My code is not detecting it, and I can't see why. Here is the code:

package com.f3;
import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.FileReader;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.Scanner;
public class F3Assembler {
	//class level globals
	public F3Assembler(String inputFile) throws FileNotFoundException {
		BufferedReader br=null;
		int lineNumber=1;
		boolean inComment=false;
		String forthWord;
		Scanner sc;
		try {
			String sCurrentLine;
			br=new BufferedReader(new FileReader(inputFile));
			while((sCurrentLine=br.readLine())!=null) {
				System.out.println("Line " + lineNumber + ": " + sCurrentLine);
				sc=new Scanner(sCurrentLine);
				while((sc.hasNext()) && (!inComment)) {
					if(forthWord.substring(0, 0)=="(") {
						System.out.println("Comment detected; ignore rest of line");
					} else {
						System.out.println("word: " + forthWord);
		} catch (IOException e) {
		} finally {
			try {
				if(br!=null) br.close();
			} catch (IOException ex) {

For some reason, the line:

if(forthWord.substring(0, 0)=="(") { .... }

is not triggering. I've tried various things, like:

if(forthWord=="(") { ... }

But to no avail. I've also checked the length of the strings coming in, to make sure (for example) that there isn't a trailing space or something being passed back by the scanner, but the scanner *is* working properly.

Any idea what the problem could be?

Any help/pointers greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

--- Update ---

Ah! I think I've found it. The == operator is checking the *objects* to see if they are the same, and, of course they're not. Looks like .equals() is the one for me.

Okay, that makes sense! I'm quite enjoying this Java thing!