Class.javaAPI DocJ2ME CLDC 1.110959Wed Feb 05 15:55:58 GMT 2003java.lang

 * Copyright  2003 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
 * SUN PROPRIETARY/CONFIDENTIAL. Use is subject to license terms.

package java.lang;

 * Instances of the class <code>Class</code> represent classes and interfaces
 * in a running Java application.  Every array also belongs to a class that is
 * reflected as a <code>Class</code> object that is shared by all arrays with
 * the same element type and number of dimensions.
 * <p> <code>Class</code> has no public constructor. Instead <code>Class</code>
 * objects are constructed automatically by the Java Virtual Machine as classes
 * are loaded.
 * <p> The following example uses a <code>Class</code> object to print the
 * class name of an object:
 * <p> <blockquote><pre>
 *     void printClassName(Object obj) {
 *         System.out.println("The class of " + obj +
 *                            " is " + obj.getClass().getName());
 *     }
 * </pre></blockquote>
 * @author  unascribed
 * @version 12/17/01 (CLDC 1.1)
 * @since   JDK1.0, CLDC 1.0
public final
class Class {

     * Constructor. Only the Java Virtual Machine creates Class
     * objects.
    private Class() {}

     * Converts the object to a string. The string representation is the
     * string "class" or "interface", followed by a space, and then by the
     * fully qualified name of the class in the format returned by
     * <code>getName</code>.  If this <code>Class</code> object represents a
     * primitive type, this method returns the name of the primitive type.  If
     * this <code>Class</code> object represents void this method returns
     * "void".
     * @return a string representation of this class object.
    public String toString() {
        return (isInterface() ? "interface " :  "class ") + getName();

     * Returns the <code>Class</code> object associated with the class
     * with the given string name.  Given the fully-qualified name for
     * a class or interface, this method attempts to locate, load and
     * link the class.
     * <p>
     * For example, the following code fragment returns the runtime
     * <code>Class</code> descriptor for the class named
     * <code>java.lang.Thread</code>:
     * <ul><code>
     *   Class t = Class.forName("java.lang.Thread")
     * </code></ul>
     * @param      className   the fully qualified name of the desired class.
     * @return     the <code>Class</code> object for the class with the
     *             specified name.
     * @exception  ClassNotFoundException  if the class could not be found.
     * @exception  Error  if the function fails for any other reason.
     * @since      JDK1.0
    public static native Class forName(String className)
        throws ClassNotFoundException;

     * Creates a new instance of a class.
     * @return     a newly allocated instance of the class represented by this
     *             object. This is done exactly as if by a <code>new</code>
     *             expression with an empty argument list.
     * @exception  IllegalAccessException  if the class or initializer is
     *               not accessible.
     * @exception  InstantiationException  if an application tries to
     *               instantiate an abstract class or an interface, or if the
     *               instantiation fails for some other reason.
     * @since     JDK1.0
    public native Object newInstance()
        throws InstantiationException, IllegalAccessException;

     * Determines if the specified <code>Object</code> is assignment-compatible
     * with the object represented by this <code>Class</code>.  This method is
     * the dynamic equivalent of the Java language <code>instanceof</code>
     * operator. The method returns <code>true</code> if the specified
     * <code>Object</code> argument is non-null and can be cast to the
     * reference type represented by this <code>Class</code> object without
     * raising a <code>ClassCastException.</code> It returns <code>false</code>
     * otherwise.
     * <p> Specifically, if this <code>Class</code> object represents a
     * declared class, this method returns <code>true</code> if the specified
     * <code>Object</code> argument is an instance of the represented class (or
     * of any of its subclasses); it returns <code>false</code> otherwise. If
     * this <code>Class</code> object represents an array class, this method
     * returns <code>true</code> if the specified <code>Object</code> argument
     * can be converted to an object of the array class by an identity
     * conversion or by a widening reference conversion; it returns
     * <code>false</code> otherwise. If this <code>Class</code> object
     * represents an interface, this method returns <code>true</code> if the
     * class or any superclass of the specified <code>Object</code> argument
     * implements this interface; it returns <code>false</code> otherwise. If
     * this <code>Class</code> object represents a primitive type, this method
     * returns <code>false</code>.
     * @param   obj the object to check
     * @return  true if <code>obj</code> is an instance of this class
     * @since JDK1.1
    public native boolean isInstance(Object obj);

     * Determines if the class or interface represented by this
     * <code>Class</code> object is either the same as, or is a superclass or
     * superinterface of, the class or interface represented by the specified
     * <code>Class</code> parameter. It returns <code>true</code> if so;
     * otherwise it returns <code>false</code>. If this <code>Class</code>
     * object represents a primitive type, this method returns
     * <code>true</code> if the specified <code>Class</code> parameter is
     * exactly this <code>Class</code> object; otherwise it returns
     * <code>false</code>.
     * <p> Specifically, this method tests whether the type represented by the
     * specified <code>Class</code> parameter can be converted to the type
     * represented by this <code>Class</code> object via an identity conversion
     * or via a widening reference conversion. See <em>The Java Language
     * Specification</em>, sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.4 , for details.
     * @param cls the <code>Class</code> object to be checked
     * @return the <code>boolean</code> value indicating whether objects of the
     * type <code>cls</code> can be assigned to objects of this class
     * @exception NullPointerException if the specified Class parameter is
     *            null.
     * @since JDK1.1
    public native boolean isAssignableFrom(Class cls);

     * Determines if the specified <code>Class</code> object represents an
     * interface type.
     * @return  <code>true</code> if this object represents an interface;
     *          <code>false</code> otherwise.
    public native boolean isInterface();

     * Determines if this <code>Class</code> object represents an array class.
     * @return  <code>true</code> if this object represents an array class;
     *          <code>false</code> otherwise.
     * @since   JDK1.1
    public native boolean isArray();

     * Returns the fully-qualified name of the entity (class, interface, array
     * class, primitive type, or void) represented by this <code>Class</code>
     * object, as a <code>String</code>.
     * <p> If this <code>Class</code> object represents a class of arrays, then
     * the internal form of the name consists of the name of the element type
     * in Java signature format, preceded by one or more "<tt>[</tt>"
     * characters representing the depth of array nesting. Thus:
     * <blockquote><pre>
     * (new Object[3]).getClass().getName()
     * </pre></blockquote>
     * returns "<code>[Ljava.lang.Object;</code>" and:
     * <blockquote><pre>
     * (new int[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]).getClass().getName()
     * </pre></blockquote>
     * returns "<code>[[[[[[[I</code>". The encoding of element type names
     * is as follows:
     * <blockquote><pre>
     * B            byte
     * C            char
     * D            double
     * F            float
     * I            int
     * J            long
     * L<i>classname;</i>  class or interface
     * S            short
     * Z            boolean
     * </pre></blockquote>
     * The class or interface name <tt><i>classname</i></tt> is given in fully
     * qualified form as shown in the example above.
     * @return  the fully qualified name of the class or interface
     *          represented by this object.
    public native String getName();

     * Finds a resource with a given name in the application's
     * JAR file. This method returns
     * <code>null</code> if no resource with this name is found
     * in the application's JAR file.
     * <p>
     * The resource names can be represented in two
     * different formats: absolute or relative.
     * <p>
     * Absolute format:
     * <ul><code>/packagePathName/resourceName</code></ul>
     * <p>
     * Relative format:
     * <ul><code>resourceName</code></ul>
     * <p>
     * In the absolute format, the programmer provides a fully
     * qualified name that includes both the full path and the
     * name of the resource inside the JAR file.  In the path names,
     * the character "/" is used as the separator.
     * <p>
     * In the relative format, the programmer provides only
     * the name of the actual resource.  Relative names are
     * converted to absolute names by the system by prepending
     * the resource name with the fully qualified package name
     * of class upon which the <code>getResourceAsStream</code>
     * method was called.
     * @param name  name of the desired resource
     * @return      a <code></code> object.
    public getResourceAsStream(String name) {
        try {
            if (name.length() > 0 && name.charAt(0) == '/') {
                /* Absolute format */
                name = name.substring(1);
            } else {
                /* Relative format */
                String className = this.getName();
                int dotIndex = className.lastIndexOf('.');
                if (dotIndex >= 0) {
                    name = className.substring(0, dotIndex + 1).replace('.', '/')
                           + name;
            return new;
        } catch ( x) {
            return null;

     * This private function is used during virtual machine initialization.
     * The user does not normally see this function.
    private static void runCustomCode() {}