Class ClassLoader


public class ClassLoader
extends java.lang.ClassLoader

Drop in replacement for the standard class loader of the JVM. You can use it in conjunction with the JavaWrapper to dynamically modify/create classes as they're requested.

This class loader recognizes special requests in a distinct format, i.e., when the name of the requested class contains with "$$BCEL$$" it calls the createClass() method with that name (everything bevor the $$BCEL$$ is considered to be the package name. You can subclass the class loader and override that method. "Normal" classes class can be modified by overriding the modifyClass() method which is called just before defineClass().

There may be a number of packages where you have to use the default class loader (which may also be faster). You can define the set of packages where to use the system class loader in the constructor. The default value contains "java.", "sun.", "javax."

$Id:,v 1.6 2001/09/03 09:30:25 dahm Exp $
M. Dahm
See Also:
JavaWrapper, ClassPath

Constructor Summary
ClassLoader(java.lang.String[] ignored_packages)
Method Summary
protected  JavaClass createClass(java.lang.String class_name)
          Override this method to create you own classes on the fly.
protected  java.lang.Class loadClass(java.lang.String class_name, boolean resolve)
protected  JavaClass modifyClass(JavaClass clazz)
          Override this method if you want to alter a class before it gets actually loaded.
Methods inherited from class java.lang.ClassLoader
defineClass, defineClass, defineClass, definePackage, findClass, findLibrary, findLoadedClass, findResource, findResources, findSystemClass, getPackage, getPackages, getParent, getResource, getResourceAsStream, getResources, getSystemClassLoader, getSystemResource, getSystemResourceAsStream, getSystemResources, loadClass, resolveClass, setSigners
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public ClassLoader()


public ClassLoader(java.lang.String[] ignored_packages)
ignored_packages - classes contained in these packages will be loaded with the system class loader
Method Detail


protected java.lang.Class loadClass(java.lang.String class_name,
                                    boolean resolve)
                             throws java.lang.ClassNotFoundException
loadClass in class java.lang.ClassLoader


protected JavaClass modifyClass(JavaClass clazz)
Override this method if you want to alter a class before it gets actually loaded. Does nothing by default.


protected JavaClass createClass(java.lang.String class_name)
Override this method to create you own classes on the fly. The name contains the special token $$BCEL$$. Everything before that token is consddered to be a package name. You can encode you own arguments into the subsequent string. You must regard however not to use any "illegal" characters, i.e., characters that may not appear in a Java class name too
The default implementation interprets the string as a encoded compressed Java class, unpacks and decodes it with the Utility.decode() method, and parses thee resulting byte array and returns the resulting JavaClass object.
class_name - compressed byte code with "$$BCEL$$" in it