Example. Javassist is a bytecode instrumentation library that allows you to modify bytecode injecting Java code that will be converted to bytecode by Javassist. Simple byte code injection example with Javassist. by Steve Please the file in your classpath. Also, set your . i used tutorial. Java consultant Dennis Sosnoski takes a look at Javassist, the bytecode manipulation library that’s the basis for the aspect-oriented.

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Depending on what you do in the source code, you can even get Javassist to generate invalid bytecode. Part 1, ” Classes and class loading ” Javassust ClassPool class to track and control the classes you’re manipulating. This means that if you’re adding code at both the start and end of a method, for instance, you generally won’t be able to pass information from the code added at the start to the code added at the end.

When I described how Javassist lets you add turorial, I mentioned that the added code could not reference local variables defined elsewhere in the method. The inspection aspect mainly duplicates what’s available directly in Java through the Reflection API, but having an alternative way to access this information is useful when you’re actually modifying classes rather than just executing them.

These classes define methods for modifying tytorial aspects of the item represented by the class, including the actual bytecode body of a method or constructor.


The resulting value of the expression. This is not equivalent to this. Class class, CtClass provides methods for inspecting class data such as fields and methods. Otherwise, it returns false.

Well, I could add a new member field to the class and use that instead of a local variable. Part 5, ” Transforming classes javaszist ” February Implementing the code to add method timing uses some of the Javassist APIs described in Javassist basics.

After compiling each class above, issue the following command in the same directory we have been using:. Javassist uses the javassist. A newly created object must be stored javazsist this variable.

Java programming dynamics, Part 4 Class transformation with Javassist Using Javassist to transform methods in bytecode. View January 16, Subscribe havassist to comment notifications. It takes one parameter the type is java. Javassist accepts the source code and converts it into valid bytecode, but jaavassist resulting times are garbage. It then replaces the body of the copied method with timing code wrapping a call to the renamed original method.

Oddly, Javassist does not provide any way of deleting fields, methods, or constructors from a class. Sign in or register to add and subscribe to comments.

The resulting value of the array creation. It should be noted that you can pass more than one javaagent on the command line to your JVM. Listing 3 shows what a source code version of this approach would look like:.

The object containing the field accessed by the expression. Javassist lets you completely replace the bytecode body of a method or constructor, or selectively add bytecode at the beginning or end of the existing body along with a couple of other variations for constructors.


These are turorial features that make Javassist a great tool for implementing aspects in your applications, so make sure you catch the follow-up for the full story on this powerful tool. If you tried compiling this assignment directly in a Java program, you’d get a compile error because it violates one of the rules of the Java language: This doesn’t amount to much of a change.

There’s a hitch, though.

Javassist Basic

Because I have the source code available for this method, I’ll show you how I would add the timing information directly. To test this, simple create two directories with the SimpleMain.

Javassist does a great job of making classworking easy by letting you work with source code rather than actual bytecode instruction lists. Because the entire body of the method is a single block, I can define and use local variables within the body without any problems.

Java programming dynamics, Part 4: Class transformation with Javassist

Javassist again accepts the source code without complaint, but the resulting bytecode fails verification when I try to execute it. The first restriction is the actual format, which must be a single statement or block. Javassist lets you inspect, edit, and create Java binary classes.