Monday, November 22, 2004

Yet more JNI help

When I posted A litte JNI there were several details I glossed over. One important point: the sample code leaks memory. Why? When you call FindClass, the pointer that the JNI returns needs freeing later on. Rather than deal with such a mundane task directly, I actually wrote a small helper template class and specialized it for jclass:

struct local<jclass>
  JNIEnv* env;
  jclass clazz;

  inline local(JNIEnv* env, const char* name) throw()
    : env(env), clazz(env->FindClass(name))
  { }

  inline ~local() throw()
  { if (clazz) env->DeleteLocalRef(clazz); }

  inline operator jclass() const throw() { return clazz; }

#warning Implement the safe bool idiom
  operator bool() const { return clazz; }

There is still one nit: since there is definitely a sense of "validity" for this class (did FindClass find anything?), I should implemnt the Safe Bool Idiom instead of blindly providing operator bool(). But, as they say, I leave that as an exercise for the reader.

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