Javassist 3.18.0 GA

A Java class library designed to help applications define a certain class file or edit bytecodes when the Java Virtual Machine loads.
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Javassist (Java Programming Assistant) is a class library designed to help you edit bytecodes when developing Java projects.

You can use Javassist to enables Java programs to define a new class at runtime and to modify a class file when the JVM loads it. Unlike other similar bytecode editors, Javassist provides two levels of API: source level and bytecode level.

If the users use the source-level API, they can edit a class file without knowledge of the specifications of the Java bytecode. The whole API is designed with only the vocabulary of the Java language.

You can even specify inserted bytecode in the form of source text; Javassist compiles it on the fly. On the other hand, the bytecode-level API allows the users to directly edit a class file as other editors.

Aspect Oriented Programming: Javassist can be a good tool for adding new methods into a class and for inserting before/after/around advice at the both caller and callee sides.

Reflection: One of applications of Javassist is runtime reflection; Javassist enables Java programs to use a metaobject that controls method calls on base-level objects. No specialized compiler or virtual machine are needed.

last updated on:
January 24th, 2014, 2:09 GMT
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2.4 MB
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developed by:
Shigeru Chiba
operating system(s):
Mac OS X
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What's New in This Release:
  • The source code repository has been moved to GitHub
  • JIRA JASSIST-181, 183, 184, 189, 162, 185, 186, 188, 190, 195, 199, 201.
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