Experience with statically-generated proxies for facilitating Java runtime specialisation

Renaud, K. (2002) Experience with statically-generated proxies for facilitating Java runtime specialisation. IEE Proceedings: Software, 149(6), pp. 169-176. (doi:10.1049/ip-sen:20020909)

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Abstract

Issues pertaining to mechanisms which can be used to change the behaviour of Java classes at runtime are discussed. The proxy mechanism is compared to, and contrasted with other standard approaches to this problem. Some of the problems the proxy mechanism is subject to are expanded upon. The question of whether statically-developed proxies are a viable alternative to bytecode rewriting was investigated by means of the JavaCloak system, which uses statically-generated proxies to alter the runtime behaviour of externally-developed code. The issues addressed include ensuring the type safety, dealing with the self problem, object encapsulation, and issues of object identity and equality. Some performance figures are provided which demonstrate the load the JavaCloak proxy mechanism places on the system.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Renaud, Professor Karen
Authors: Renaud, K.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:IEE Proceedings: Software
Publisher:Institution of Electrical Engineers
ISSN:1462-5970
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2002 Institute of Electrical Engineers
First Published:First published in IEE Proceedings - Software 149(6):169-176
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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