Creator Applications and native code

By | August 31, 2005

This came up in the forum over the last week.

The easiest way to get access to native code from a Creator application is when that code can be handled as a global resource similar to a JDBC driver jar.

I created a little test case today (on Linux) and that seemed to work after the following steps:

  • Created a and libmarco.jar, The Java code does a

    static { System.loadLibrary("marco"); }
  • Copied both into /SunAppServer8/lib to make the appserver happy. This might be a different directory for other containers!

  • For Creator set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH to the directory where the is. (Is this PATH for Windows?)

  • For the project, add the libmarco.jar as library for the design time only! I believe that can somehow be added to a customized template if it’s needed in more than one project.

  • Use the library (mine just returns a String from the native side;-) and deploy the application.

That worked for me;-)

Trying to handle a native library as part of a WebApplication is probably a lot harder. Things to watch out for would at least include:

  • The Java wrapper code has to find the native library relative to it’s classloader.

  • The security manager of the container will probably have to be changed to allow loading of native libraries from applications.

  • The initialization code on the native side and the Java side have to be able to handle `redeployments’.

  • What would the container do when an undeploy attempt tries to delete a loaded native library?

So overall I don’t think that would be a good idea.

I hope this helps a bit;-)

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