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Deploying Java Applets

In this second part of a three-part series on using Java with deployment frameworks, you will learn how to deploy applets in a self-contained manner, and what they are and are not typically permitted to do once they are downloaded. This article is excerpted from chapter two of Advanced Java Game Programming, written by David Wallace Croft (Apress; ISBN: 1590591232).

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April 17, 2008
  1. · Deploying Java Applets
  2. · Deploying as an Executable JAR
  3. · Deploying with Java Web Start
  4. · Accessing the Default Browser
  5. · Dynamic Linking Using Reflection

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Deploying Java Applets - Dynamic Linking Using Reflection
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As an alternative, you can also dynamically load the JNLP classes using reflection as shown in this code excerpt from classJnlpProxyin packagecom.croftsoft.core.jnlp.

  private static Object getBasicServiceObject ( )
      Class  serviceManagerClass
= Class.forName ( "javax.jnlp.ServiceManager" );

      Method  lookupMethod = serviceManagerClass.getMethod (
        "lookup", new Class [ ] { String.class } );

      return lookupMethod.invoke (
        null, new Object [ ] { "javax.jnlp.BasicService" } );
    catch ( Exception ex )
      return null;

ClassMethodis from core packagejava.lang.reflect.

  public static boolean showDocument ( URL url )
if ( basicServiceObject == null )
      return false;

      Method  method = basicServiceClass.getMethod (
        "showDocument", new Class [ ] { URL.class } );

      Boolean  resultBoolean = ( Boolean ) method.invoke (
        basicServiceObject, new Object [ ] { url } );

      return resultBoolean.booleanValue ( );
    catch ( Exception ex )
ex.printStackTrace ( );

      throw new RuntimeException ( ex.getMessage ( ) );

By saving a singleton static reference to theBasicServiceinstance retrieved, we can then use it within our own staticshowDocument()method. The example method returnsfalseif the client platform does not support JNLP, allowing the calling code to respond with a substitute behavior.

In my opinion, dynamic linking using custom interfaces instead of reflection makes for more comprehensible code. I have found that you almost never need reflection techniques if you keep this in mind.

Please check back next week for the conclusion to this article.

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