Jython and Win32 extensions

Gerhard Häring gerhard.nospam at bigfoot.de
Thu Sep 6 13:19:06 CEST 2001


On Thu, 06 Sep 2001 12:00:04 +0100, Dale Strickland-Clark wrote:
>Does anyone know if Jython works with Mark Hammond's the Win32
>extensions?

Certainy not directly.

>We've coded a bunch of objects in Python which use COM and we now need
>to access these from Java. We're considering Jython to bridge the gap.

The Java platform isn't suited well for COM interfacing, it's a whole paradigma
of its own. So normally (except if you use Visual J++ and the M$ VM, which
contains some hacks to support COM directly), you'll need extra software to
bridge the two worlds.

You might want to browse thru this extensive link collection:

http://dmoz.org/Computers/Programming/Languages/Java/Extensions/Java-COM/

I was quite happy with the free (LGPL) Jacob Java->COM bridge.

Note that JIntegra, a commercial offering, has the ability to bridge
(D)COM<->Java even from non-Windows machines. That's what I call cool.

Gerhard
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