Example. Javassist is a bytecode instrumentation library that allows you to modify bytecode injecting Java code that will be converted to bytecode by Javassist. Simple byte code injection example with Javassist. by Steve Please the file in your classpath. Also, set your . i used tutorial. Java consultant Dennis Sosnoski takes a look at Javassist, the bytecode manipulation library that’s the basis for the aspect-oriented.

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Java programming dynamics, Part 4 Stay tuned for additional content in this series. The name of a virtual method executing the jaassist type casting. The construction of the interceptor method body uses a java. As with the standard Java java. There are also some restrictions on what you can do in the source code you pass to Javassist.

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This class works a lot like a JVM classloader, but with the important difference that rather than linking loaded classes for execution as part of your application, the class pool makes loaded classes usable as data through the Javassist API. The first one listed will get first cut at javasdist. After covering the basics of the Java class format and runtime access through reflection, it’s time to move this series on to more advanced topics. Either way, the new bytecode is passed as a Java-like source code statement or block in a String.

The resulting value of the field access if the expression is read access. Javassist isn’t the only library javadsist working with bytecode, but it does have one feature in particular that makes it a great starting point for experimenting with classworking: It takes one parameter of the type java. The actual body text looks just like standard Java code except for the call to the renamed original method.

That’s where classworking comes in handy — it lets you make changes like this for any method, without needing tutorjal code. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Object and returns javwssist after the explicit tutoriap casting specified by the original expression. This isn’t much of a restriction for most purposes, because you can put any sequence of statements you want in a block. The source code accepted by Javassist doesn’t exactly match the Java language, but the main difference is just the addition of some special identifiers used to represent the method or constructor parameters, method return value, and other items you may want to use in your inserted code.

Object and returns true if the parameter value is an instance of the type on the right hand side of the original instanceof operator.

Java programming dynamics, Part 4: Class transformation with Javassist

This means that if you’re adding code at both the start and end of a method, for instance, you generally won’t be able to pass information from the code added at the start to the code added at the end. Otherwise, it returns false. You can use a default class pool that loads from the JVM search path, or define one that searches your own list of paths. Listing 3 shows what a source code version of this approach would look like:.

It’s important to realize that Javassist won’t necessarily catch any errors in the code, though, and that the results of an error may be difficult to predict. I can keep the original method code unchanged and just change the method name, then add a new method using the original name.

Part 2, ” Introducing reflection ” June If you’re going to work with classes as data, you need to do so outside of the JVM. Also, set your classpath to include the tools.

The inspection aspect mainly duplicates what’s available directly in Java through the Reflection API, but having an alternative way to access this information is useful when you’re actually modifying classes rather than just executing them. This is the body. Listing 5 shows the results of first running the StringBuilder program in unmodified form, then running the JassistTiming program to add timing information, and finally running the StringBuilder program after it’s been modified.


We also need a custom manifest with the following contents, which you should create in the same directory as the one in which we have been working:. The resulting value of the expression. Because strings are immutable, this approach means a new string will be constructed each time through the loop, with the data copied from the old string and a single character added at the end.

Part 3, ” Applied reflection ” July In the same directory, create a file name SimpleTransform. If you don’t have source code, it’s normally much more difficult to get this type of timing information.

Depending on what you do in the source code, you can even get Javassist to generate tuttorial bytecode. Lastly, we will create our jar file that contains our software above. Comments Sign in or register to add and subscribe to comments. Oddly, Javassist does not provide havassist way of deleting fields, methods, or constructors from a class.

Because I have the source code available for this method, I’ll show you how I would add the timing information directly. It is used in a cast expression. StringBuffer to accumulate the body text showing the proper way to handle String construction, as opposed to the approach used in StringBuilder.

There’s a hitch, though. This is not equivalent to this.