[Openmcl-devel] Calling Java from OpenMCL

Gary Byers gb at clozure.com
Fri Apr 23 13:11:32 PDT 2004

On Fri, 23 Apr 2004, Gary King wrote:

> > After wrestling with this for a few days, I basically got distracted.
> > If anyone's
> > interested in exploring this issue further, I can try to locate the
> > code that I was
> > playing with and try to explain a few things in greater detail.
> If you can find this could, my group would be interested in looking at
> it. It is not a priority for us yet but may become so in the ever
> receding future. We may be able to look into handfuls of cash too
> though I don't know how likely that would really be.

I'm not sure that I ever got much farther than the code that's in
jni.lisp in the bleeding-edge examples directory:


Note that that

a) assumed that there were Java interfaces
b) tried to instantiate a 1.2 JVM
c) used the (probably undocumented) :MONITOR-EXCEPTION-PORTS option on
  the #_JNI_CreateJavaVM call ; this is/was a way to work around the
  issue that I described earlier (and I'd be surprised if bitrot hasn't
  affected this somewhat.)

(a) is certainly a solvable problem; I don't seem to have a valid
JDK installed anywhere, but the only header file that was interesting
at this point is/was


(b) is probably only important if the JNI's changed (or been replaced
  by Yet Another Java API in the last couple of years.)  I confess:
  I haven't been paying attention

A complete interface to the JNI might serve a role similar to the
lower-level parts of the ObjC bridge.  My vague recollection is
that the Java runtime's a bit less dynamic (it may be hard to add
methods to existing classes, for instance) than ObjC's is, but I
may be mistaken about that.

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