Essential JNI: Java Native Interface
This book delivers all the information and sample code Java developers need in order to integrate new Java code with native and legacy applications that utilize platform-specific features.KEY TOPICS:Sun's Java Native Interface (JNI) is the first API for building Java-enabled native applications that are binary compatible across multiple Java Virtual Machines. This book covers every aspect of the JNI API from the perspective of an experienced developer. Understand data structures, the JNI's relationship to file systems, native applications and native methods; the JNI library; and class construction with JNI. Learn how to use JNI to integrate Java and C++ code, and how to provide serial I/O from Java on both POSIX and Win32 platforms. The book includes a complete JNI reference and a full chapter on debugging. This is the first book in the new Prentice Hall PTR Essential Java Series, covering Java's most important APIs in unprecedented detail.MARKET:For all Java programmers who need to take advantage of platform-specific features.
A concise, but detailed guide to using the Java Native Interface (JNI) for programmers who need to use Java with native applications and to Java-enable new applications. Thorough coverage of the JNI API presented in a task-oriented reference format that answers all of the questions left out of the Java documentation or glossed over in the more general language references.
ROB GORDON is a software consultant who has worked for Motorola, Convex Computers, and, most recently, Sun Microsystems. He has extensive experience both as a Java software developer and as a developer of educational materials on operating systems, device drivers, and programming languages.
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Rob Gordon is a software consultant who has worked for Motorola, Convex Computers, and most recently, SunSoft. He has extensive experience both as a Java software developer and as a developer of educational materials on operating systems, device drivers and programming languages.
Leverage platform-specific features without compromising binary compatibility!
With the Java Native Interface API, you get the best of both worlds: access to the native platform features you need to get the job done plus full binary compatibility across multiple Java Virtual Machines. And there is no better way to master the JNI than this fast-paced, example-rich guide, which focuses on proven techniques.
Walk step-by-step through writing Java and native code components, building libraries, loading and invoking native methods, and more. Discover powerful techniques for creating Java Virtual Machines from within any native application. Learn proven approaches to integrating Java and C++ code, converting C structures, and providing serial I/O from Java on both POSIX and Win32 platforms. Get comprehensive debugging help. There's even a complete, easy-to-use API reference!
With JNI, you can leverage Java's extraordinary capabilities without sacrificing proven legacy code.
Essential JNI: Java Native Interface gives you the insight, proven techniques, and real-world sample code you'll need to get results with JNI, plus:
- A complete, task-oriented reference to the entire Java Native Interface API
- Tools and strategies for integrating legacy code with new Java applications
- Extensive code examples and detailed debugging tips
- Clear explanations of JNI native types, signatures, references, and object and class functions
- Specific techniques for managing C++ code and converting C structures
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
If you HAVE to use JNI, this is a good book,
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This review is from: Essential Jni: Java Native Interface (Essential Java) (Paperback)Let's be clear here, after working with JNI in several capacities for the better part of a year, I know one thing: If you can avoid using JNI, you will be for the better.
JNI is unwieldy, unstable, buggy, and most of all, it creates a whole class of run time errors that will blow up your JVM. Of course, if you are smart, you will only use it for one small thing and it will work like a charm. Get out while you are ahead!
If you ignore my advice and still use this evil technology, this book is a must have since there are no good docs on using JNI anywhere. The secion regarding how to hook up a C debugger to the VM is a must read.
The book is well written and is a multi-use book that can be read before using JNI to become familiar, and then be kept on hand as you go through annoying problem after annoying problem. This book becomes a necessity reference during that tiring time.
You have been warned.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is what Sun's docs SHOULD have been (and more),
This review is from: Essential Jni: Java Native Interface (Essential Java) (Paperback)
FYI, I reviewed a close-to-final draft of the book sent to me by the publisher. Some of this may be innacurate with respect to the published copy.
Sun's JNI documentation is rather dry and is really just reference material. This book is a lot more readable. It describes the JNI functions in a logical manner without just saying "here they are and here's what they do". The author also took time to explain the situations where certain functions would be more appropriate.
Some books that I've read take up many chapters hand-holding the reader by explaining how great the internet is or showing samples (with screen captures even) of how to compile source code. This book, however, gives only a brief overview of the history of JNI and then jumps right into the code...very nice!
Sample code is used appropriately. Small examples of all APIs are given, without trying to tie them into a "full application". This makes it easier to use the book as a reference... Read more
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Skimps on too many areas,
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This review is from: Essential Jni: Java Native Interface (Essential Java) (Paperback)Easy to read and covering many areas of JNI usage. However, when one settles to write an application in earnest, the book starts feeling superficial. The reference is meager on the Sun web page and not enhanced in the book. For instance, here's a typical argument explanation: "clazz: a Java class object". No indication as to what the usage really is, just a statement of what type it is. This sort of treatment is unfortunately typical. Memory management is barely touched, and many areas are not covered. I expect to be told if a particular method manages memory or not, so I can take adequate care in my application. I expected a detailed discussion on how Java and corresponding C/C++ buffers are managed in general; How to navigate through objects to data that may not be directly available from the calling object; How to access Java static functions, like the utility libraries from native code (or a discussion why not). etc... Examples are provided and thoroughly explained in... Read more
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Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter beings with an Introduction and concludes with a Summary.)
1. Why JNI?
2. Hello JNI World.
3. Setting Java Variables, Invoking Java Methods.
4. Native Types, Signatures and Other Details.
5. Objects and Classes.
6. Arrays and Strings.
9. Java and C++.
10. Conversion of C Structures.
11. Native Serial I/O.
12. Running the JVM From a C/C++ Application.
13. An NT Service Application.
14. Debugging Native Methods.
15. JDK 1.2 Enhancements to JNI.
Appendix A. JNI Reference.
Appendix B. 1.0 Native Methods vs. JNI.
Appendix C. structConverter Reference.
Appendix D. javah Reference.
Appendix E. Native Methods, Applets, Security.
Before we plow an unfamiliar patch It is well to be informed about the winds, About the variations in the sky, The native traits and habits of the place, What each locale permits, and what denies Virgil The Georgics
What This Book is About
The subject of this book is the Java Native Interface (JNI) Application Programming Interface (API). The JNI was introduced in release 1.1 of the Java Development Kit (JDK) as distributed by JavaSoft. This book covers the entire API for the JNI including the enhancements introduced in release 1.2 of the JDK. Where there are minor differences between various 1.1 point releases, these are discussed.
Who Should Read This Book?
This book is written for the software engineer who needs to make Java and C or C++ talk to one another. Experience with C/C++ and Java is assumed. This book also assumes some familiarity with both UNIX and Win32 platforms.
If you are a Java programmer who needs to step outside the Java Virtual Machine to take advantage of some platform-specific functionality, this book will show you how. If you are a C programmer responsible for putting a Java font-end on a legacy application, this book will show you how. If you are a C++ programmer wanting to take advantage of an existing C++ class library, this book will show you how.
Further, this book covers these topics for both UNIX and Win32 platforms.
Okay, now turn around and walk to the sales counter.
Structure of This Book
This book can be thought of as having three distinct parts. The first part, roughly the first eight chapters, covers the JNI API in great detail. The second part, the remaining chapters, covers some general issues involved with native method programming. The third part, a series of appendices, contains reference material, both for the JNI and for tools introduced in this book. There is also an appendix that compares the JNI with the old-style native method programming model introduced in JDK 1.0. The last appendix offers a brief discussion of native methods, applets and security issues.
The early chapters contain plenty of simple examples intended to highlight the essential features of the API. No attempt is made to place JNI function calls into large, complex examples that obscure their salient features.
The first part of the book takes a walk-before-you-run approach. After an overview of the JNI in Chapter 1.
Chapter 2 presents a JNI version of the classic "Hello World" example.
Chapter 3 then follows with examples of some of the more common JNI operations before plunging into the syntactical details of the JNI in Chapter 4.
With all that work behind you, Chapter 5 through Chapter 8 provides detailed coverage of the remaining JNI functions.
The second half of the book deals with a series of general topics on using the JNI to integrate Java code with non-Java code. Chapter 9 presents an approach for mirroring existing C++ classes in Java. Chapter 10 introduces a tool for the automatic conversion of C structures into Java classes and an accompanying set of adapter functions for copying data between an instance of a C structure and a Java object. Chapter 11 starts with a collection of Java classes that provide a high-level interface to serial and parallel ports. Throughout this chapter the native code for targetting these classes for both POSIX and Win32 platforms is presented and discussed. The Java package used in this chapter is the portio package which is freely-available from Central Data (www.cd.com) as well as being included with the examples at the Prentice-Hall ftp site.
Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 deal with the Invocation API. Chapter 12 is a broad discussion of the mechanics involved with starting a Java Virtual Machine from a C/C++ application. Chapter 13 provides a very specific example of this facility, namely, starting the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as an NT service. This chapter is for NT developers who wish to use Sun's JVM as an engine for their Java applications. Chapter 14 presents some approaches to debugging a Java application that includes native code. Finally, Chapter 15 is dedicated to changes and enhancements to the JNI in the JDK 1.2.
This book covers the Java Native Interface API. To use the Java Native Interface API, you will need to run your Java code on a Java Virtual Machine that supports the JNI. The list of JVM vendors supporting the JNI is growing, but a sure bet is the JVM distributed by Sun. The Sun JVM, the Java Core classes and the JNI are available as part of the Java Development Kit (JDK). The JNI is supported starting in release 1.1 of the JDK.
To download the JDK, surf to the JavaSoft download site: http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.1/index.html and follow the instructions.
The JDK 1.2 release is available from: http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2/index.html
Downloading Example Source
The source code to the examples in this book is available at the Prentice Hall ftp site, ftp.prenhall.com.
This site is available via anonymous ftp. The following sequence of steps illustrates how to download the Essential JNI examples. You type the bold.
% ftp ftp.prenhall.com
Connected to iq-ss3.prenhall.com.
220 iq-ss3 FTP server(UNIX(r) System V Release 4.0) ready.
User (iq-ss3.prenhall.com:(none)): anonymous
331 Guest login ok, send ident as password.
230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
ftp> cd /pub/ptr/professional_computer_science.w-022/gordon/essential_jni
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> get ejni_ex.tar
200 PORT command successful.
150 ASCII data connection for ejni_examples.tar (184.108.40.206,1099) (19818 bytes).
226 ASCII Transfer complete.
20184 bytes received in 5.93 seconds (3.40 Kbytes/sec)
The ftp directory named in line 1 contains two examples files described in the following table.
These two files include makefiles for both Win32 and Solaris.
After downloading the examples, unzip or untar the file in a directory of your choice. Users of a UNIX zip utility should be careful to use the -a flag with unzip so that CR/NL sequences are properly converted. Extracting the files will create a directory named ejni. Within the ejni directory will be another directory, examples.
The directory ejni/examples is known as the examples directory throughout this book.
Building the Examples
Before the examples can be built and run, some environment must be set up.
Setting Up the Environment
Two files are included with the example files that describe the appropriate environment settings. The file csh.env is provided for UNIX csh users. It is easily modified for other shells. The file win32.bat is provided for Win32 users. Both files must be modified to specify the location of your JDK and the location of your examples directory. Specifically, two environment variables are provided, JDK_HOME and EJNI_HOME, which point to these locations.
Additionally, these files define an appropriate setting for the CLASSPATH environment variable, adding the directories required to run the examples.
Finally, there are some platform-specific environment variables that need to be set.
The environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH is set within the csh.env file. The directory in which the example native libraries are installed is added to your existing value.
The Solaris build assumes you are using Sun's compilers. Be certain to modify the CC settings in EJNI_HOME/Makefile.master to point to the proper installation directory, or comment it out and use your environment settings.
The examples in Chapter 9 require Rogue Wave's Tools.h++ class library. If you have this software, you will need to set the relevant macros in EJNI_HOME/Makefile.master to the appropriate values. If you are a UNIX user and don't have the Tools.h++ software, remove the target chap9 from the SUBDIRS macro in EJNI_HOME/Makefile. Your enjoyment of this example will be necessarily limited to viewing the source.
Win32 users can use the batch file win32.bat located in EJNI_HOME to set up their environment for building the examples. The file win32.bat batch assumes you are building using MicrosoftÕs compiler, specifically Visual C++ and cl.exe. The appropriate environment for running cl from the command line is set using the vcvars32.bat batch file shipped with Visual C++. This file is located in your Visual C++ bin directory, typically \Program Files\DevStudio\VC\bin. vcvars32.bat should be run before running win32.bat.
If you get the message "Out of environment space," you will need to use the command command from the DOS prompt as shown below.
Increasing DOS Environment Space
C:\> command /e:8192
This setting will only be in effect for the current DOS shell. To set this value permanently, add the following line to your CONFIG.SYS file.
shell=command.com /e:8192 /p
How To Build
Once the environment is set up you are ready to build. On Solaris, the following make commands, executed from the EJNI_HOME directory, build the Java class files and native libraries.
Building on Solaris
% make all; make install
On Win32 systems, the nmake command is used to build the example Java class files and native DLLs.
This command must be executed from the EJNI_HOME directory.
Building on Win32
% nmake TARGET=all /f nmake.mak all
When the build is complete, all the class files live in $EJNI_HOME/classes and all the native libraries live in $EJNI_HOME/platform/lib where platform is either sparc or win32. Tilt the slashes appropriately for Win32 platforms.
A Word About the Examples
All of native coding examples are written in either C or C++. As you will learn, the syntax for calling a JNI function differs across the two languages.
In the first part of the book, through Chapter 8, all of the examples are written in C++. Therefore, whenever a reference is made to the first argument to a JNI function, it is understood not to count the JNIEnv pointer argument that is present in a C call of a JNI function.
The examples directory contains a directory for each chapter. Within the chapter directory is a directory for each example. Example 1 in Chapter 5 resides in ejni/examples/chap5/example1.
A README file in each example directory describes how to run the example since the book does not actually show all the examples running.
All code listings, output, all variable, method and function names that appear in the text, command names, directory names, and all URLs appear in courier.
User input appears in bold courier.
Special terms, upon their introduction, and parameters to be substituted for appear in italics.
Pseudo-code and labels within figures appear in helvetica.
Help From Fellow Travellers
There are at least two list-servers available for JNI programmers. The first deals directly with native method programming. On the jnative-l list you will find discussions of JNI as well as old-style JDK native method programming, Microsoft's Runtime Native Interface (RNI), Netscape's Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and, to a lesser extent, problems with incorporating native code with various browsers. To subscribe to this list, send an e-mail message to email@example.com with the text subscribe jnative-l in the body of the message.
It is not unusual for questions related to native method programming to appear on the Advanced Java list. To subscribe to this list, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with an empty subject and the following body:
subscribe advanced-java your_email_address
Do not use this latter list injudiciously. It is heavily patrolled by self-appointed experts who spend as much time telling people their question is not sufficiently "advanced" as they do providing answers to those question that they deem worthy of their consideration.
To stay in step with updates and enhancements to the JDK and the JNI, you may want to register with the Java Developer's Connection (JDC). To do so, follow the link off the JavaSoft home page (java.sun.com). As a member of the JDC, you are eligible for Early Access APIs. This is also the place to submit and track bugs. The JDC is a free service from JavaSoft but you do have to register.
A Word About Borrowed Words
Reading the quotes at the beginning of each chapter is a requirement for successful completion of this book. Too many late nights were spent finding them and too many phone calls were made acquiring permission to use them for you to ignore them.
Why include them at all? A guy who takes writing seriously has to do something to catch the eye of the reviewers at The New York Times Review of Books. Besides, it was fun trying to decorate the often bland minutia of a programming API with the distinguished dress of great ideas. I don't know if it worked, but I highly recommend all the quoted authors. Well, I can take or leave Nietszche. As for Hobbes, I think he had it backwards. We are heading toward where he thinks we began.
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