Suppose that there is an existing application, written in C, that monitors conditions on a factory floor, and you need to incorporate this functionality into a Java application.
The traditional approach using JNI involves Java and C developers as well as management coordination to keep the functionality synchronized.
By contrast, using JNIWrapper is trivial and saves time and efforts dramatically.
JNIWrapper can handle large amounts of data involved in interactions between the Java and native code, with no tuning on your side.
Automatic memory management
All resources allocated by JNIWrapper are released automatically when no longer needed. You can treat JNIWrapper variables as ordinary Java objects that can be reclaimed by the Java garbage collector. Besides, JNIWrapper objects are safe with regard to finalizers: all resources are guaranteed available during finalization.
Native function invocation
JNIWrapper supports both stdcall and cdecl calling conventions and multiple C/C++ data types including structures, unions and pointers. Callbacks are fully supported with any parameter and return types and both calling conventions. See
Calling Native Functions in our Programmers Guide. See
You can perform all native function calls simultaneously from different Java threads without the need for synchronization, just as if invoking simple Java methods. See
Working with Multithreading in our Programmers Guide.
Using the Code Generator Wizard bundled with JNIWrapper, you can generate Java wrappers for a required set of C types, including structures, unions and callbacks.
When you purchase JNIWrapper you receive WinPack, a free add-on enabling access to the Windows native API and libraries from Java code. WinPack provides several integration features to make your Java application look and behave like a Win32 citizen. WinPack requires no extensive knowledge of the Win32 API, nor any writing of cumbersome wrapper classes for JNI.
With just a snippet of code you can make your Java application read, write or delete the Windows registry keys and values. Most of the major data types are supported. See the following samples:
Registry Key Set Values,
Registry Key Enum Values.
Events and file management
WinPack lets you listen to the file system events. You can also get file attributes, check disk space and identify the disk media type. See the
File System Sample.
Examples of apps our customers build
Rich Java client applications.
JNIWrapper provides easy access to OS features and resources, such as native windows and dialogs, system registry, hooks, shell resources, etc. The library allows using any platform functions without writing additional (JNI) wrappers.
Java libraries for integration with native SDKs.
JNIWrapper’s Code Generator creates wrappers for native C types from an SDK. This makes Java development routine more efficient.
Integration with native legacy applications.
JNIWrapper allows Java applications to interoperate with native applications and libraries written in different programming languages, such as C/C++, Pascal, ASM, etc.
Cross-platform Java integration solutions
which can be built on top of existing cross-platform native libraries. This is made possible due to JNIWrapper support of various operating systems and platforms.
Plug-ins and add-ons written in Java
for various integration scenarios which is possible with great JNIWrapper’s performance and its native memory management.
…I have been very impressed with the amount of functionality provided as well as stability and robustness of the product…— Stephen Renner,IP Australia
I am very satisfied with the product as I find the abstraction to the JNI functionality of Java to be quite useful.— Adam Acott,Novex Software Development Inc.
…my brief experience with your product, considering my previous experience with JNI, has been highly satisfactory. I have developed in a weekend what took me two weeks at least using other tools.— Hector Zendejas,Cardware.biz
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I am calling a function with correct number of parameters, but keep getting an exception about incorrect parameter types.
Please make sure that you set the correct function calling convention. The defaults are: stdcall for Windows as it is used by most of the Windows API, and cdecl for Linux - it is used by almost all libraries.
I would like to invoke a function from a DLL that I generated with C# using JNIWrapper. Is it possible?
JNIWrapper is not designed for integration with .NET libraries which were created using C# or any other .NET programming language. In fact such libraries have architecture which completely differs from regular Win DLL libraries. Nevertheless it is possible to integrate with a .NET library if it provides COM Interop level. In this case you can use our ComfyJ product for that.
Is it possible to integrate with a C++ library using JNIWrapper?
Technically it’s possible to invoke the functions from such library using JNIWrapper, but it won’t give you the ability to work with C++ objects and their methods. There are two possible workarounds. First is to create the plain C wrapper functions for the required C++ functions from that library. Second one is to enable COM interop in that C++ library and then use our ComfyJ product for integration with it.
How I can redistribute native JNIWrapper library (jniwrap.dll, jniwrap64.dll, etc.) with my application?
The simplest way is to package all required library files (including JNIWrapper libraries) to root folder of an application JAR file.
Where should I put my JNIWrapper license file (jniwrap.lic)?
The simplest way is to package that file to the \META-INF\ subdirectory of an application JAR file.
Is there a way to create Java wrapper for a particular native type having only its C definition?
Yes, you can use Codegen for JNIWrapper utility application to generate the corresponding Java wrapper for it.
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