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Andrew Davison
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Our newly created "Windows Programming Using Java" website
(http://fivedots.coe.psu.ac.th/~ad/winJava/) is for programmers who want to extend Java's capabilities on Windows XP and/or Vista, but aren't sure where to start. One of the drawbacks of Java's portability is that
many Java programmers have a rather sketchy knowledge of Windows-specific programming.

We plan to explain how Java applications can utilize Windows application software, OS features, and hardware beyond the reach of Java's standard libraries. A variety of Java/Windows programming techniques will be explained, including:

* Java's employment of the Win32 API via C, JNI, and J/Invoke.

* Java's utilization of Window's Command Line Interface (CLI) and batch files, accessed through Java's Runtime, ProcessBuilder, and Process classes.

* Java and Windows object-based scripting, centered around the use of VBScript, Windows Script Host (WSH), and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

* Java interoperability with COM, including hosting of ActiveX controls in Swing containers using jacoZoom.

This website is a work in progress, with four chapters available for download at the moment. We'll be adding more regularly, and would love feedback on what we're doing.


Gayathri Singh and Andrew Davison
gayathri@byteblend.com and ad@fivedots.coe.psu.ac.th
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