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I am trying to write an applet that receives 2 inputs from a user then opens a window and displays the 2 numbers that were input, along with a message of either "the numbers are equal", or "this number is the largest".

My problem--my program never returns "the numbers are equal". If I put in equal numbers like 76 and 76 it returns "76 is the largest number". Why?

here is my code

```
import java.awt.Graphics;//program uses class Graphics
import javax.swing.JApplet;//program uses class JApplet
import javax.swing.JOptionPane;//program uses class JOptionPane
import java.math.*;//program uses math.max
public class LargerApplet extends JApplet
{
//variables to be used
String firstNumber;
String secondNumber;
String result;
private double answer;// finds max entered by user
//initialize applet by obtaining values from user
public void init()
{
double number1;//first number to evaluate
double number2;//second number to evaluate
//obtain first number from user
firstNumber = JOptionPane.showInputDialog( "Enter first floating-point value" );
//obtain second number from user
secondNumber = JOptionPane.showInputDialog( "Enter second floating-point value" );
//convert numbers from type String to type double
number1 = Double.parseDouble( firstNumber );
number2 = Double.parseDouble( secondNumber );
answer = Math.max( number1, number2);
}//end method init
//draw results in a rectangle on applet's background
public void paint( Graphics g )
{
super.paint( g );//call superclass version of method paint
//draw rectangle starting from (15, 10) that is 270
//pixels wide and 20 pixels tall
g.drawRect( 15, 10, 270, 50 );
//draw results as a String at ( 25, 25 )
g.drawString( "Your first number was-- " + firstNumber, 25,25 );
g.drawString( "Your second number was-- " + secondNumber ,25,35 );
if ( firstNumber == secondNumber )
{
g.drawString ( "--Your numbers are equal--", 25,45 );
}//end if
else
{
g.drawString ( answer + "--Is the larger number--", 25, 55 );
}//end else
}//end method paint
}//end class IsLargerApplet
```