Thursday, August 25, 2011

Manipulating Java Class Files with BCEL - Part Three: More About BCEL

This is the third article in the BCEL series. You can read all here. Since I have covered the basics, I will accumulate the points left now. I will discuss about local variables, fields, methods and jump instructions.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Manipulating Java Class Files with BCEL - Part Two: Expressions

This is the second article in the series of articles on Apache BCEL. If you have not read part 1, read it here.

Expression Processing: Expressions are key part of a language. In this article, I will discuss how expressions are compiled into java byte code. I will also cover a little bit about compilation process. At the end, I will go through the steps and create a compiler for numerical expression.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Manipulating Java Class Files with BCEL - Part One : Hello World!

What is BCEL: Apache BCEL or Byte Code Engineering Library is a library that enables simpler manipulation of java byte code. Now the question is, why manipulate byte code? There can be a million of reasons. For example, you might want to insert some profiling code in the class file. Or you might want to write your own language that compiles to java byte code. You can also provide some attractive extension to some framework you are creating. Or you can even be more creative than I am and do something that I cannot think of. But for that, you must first understand how java class files work.

Since it is a BCEL tutorial, get the BCEL library first from here

Manipulating java byte code directly is not trivial in nature, so I decided to break the tutorial into a series. This one is the first - the hello world. Keep in touch to learn more.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Java Threads - How They Work

What is Thread: A thread is a single sequence of instructions being executed in a java virtual machine. The instructions in two different threads have no mutual ordering, they can execute independent of each other.

How to create a thread: In java, the only way to create a thread is by creating an object of class java.lang.Thread. In reality, we can either extend the Thread class and override the method run(), or we can implement java.lang.Runnable in a separate class and pass it to Thread's constructor. This article is meant for people who have some experience with Thread programming in java. If you do not know how to do thread programming in java, there is a very good tutorial in here.