Getting Java Class objects, and JSS

Mark Evenson evenson at
Wed Jul 8 07:27:46 UTC 2015

> On 07 Jul 2015, at 22:24, John Pallister <john at> wrote:


> Some of the tutorials have code like:
>   context.addServlet(HelloServlet.class, "/");
> Is it possible to get Class objects for Java classes I've made with JNEW-RUNTIME-CLASS (or indeed for any other Java class)?

Since all Java references to non-primitive types descend from java.lang.Object,
one may always get a reference to the class object by [calling the “getClass()”


> I've been using "raw" JCLASS & JMETHOD etc. calls to experience just how
> painful that really is, but I'm apprehensive about using JSS and paying the
> runtime dynamic dispatch penalty, given that on GAE time is money. Something
> more like a SLIME plug-in that looked up & cached classes, methods & fields at
> editing time (perhaps also parsing Java expressions) and generated "statically
> typed" code would be nice (possibly using code from e.g. JDEE and/or CEDET) -
> has anyone else thought about this?

I wouldn’t necessarily be afraid of the “penalty" for using JSS, or at least, I
might benchmark the difference in performance before shying away from JSS at
the outset.

JSS [already creates a cache of all classes that on the classpath][2].
JSS:JAVA-CLASS-METHOD-NAMES provides a listing of all methods of a class, which
is not currently cached, but could be.  Extending this to java fields would be
useful.  I would welcome patches to JSS which extends these introspection
facilities as the basis for the tooling you wish to build.


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