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Re: J/Link preview release

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  • Subject: [mg22289] Re: J/Link preview release
  • From: "Kai G. Gauer" <gauer at>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 01:01:22 -0500 (EST)
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Will this run on version 3.0 of Mathematica?

Not that I'd ever rely on Java to speed up my Mathematica programs ;-) By
the way, will this further simplify the ability to export an animation
from Mathematica 3.0 to something such as the windows screen saver
program or to a homepage or to some other console not running
Mathematica? How easy is this to do, what (Java) tools do I need, what
sorts of slowdown should I expect for animations outside of Mathematica
and does anyone have any sorts of source code examples/tutorials to get a
person started?

Maryka Baraka wrote:

> J/Link, a new Mathematica toolkit that integrates Mathematica and
> Java, is now available for download from the Wolfram Research, Inc.
> web site. The J/Link package contains a Java MathLink software
> developer's kit with extensive documentation, utilities, and sample
> programs. With J/Link, Java programs can now access the vast
> array of mathematical and technical knowledge that is available in
> Mathematica. J/Link also enables Mathematica programs to act as a
> scripting and wiring language for Java, providing an interactive
> development environment. Users can load Java classes, create objects,
> and call methods directly from Mathematica.
> According to Todd Gayley, Director of Java Technology at Wolfram
> Research, "J/Link is a major advance for Mathematica and Java. It
> expands the range and power of the Mathematica environment by
> instantly encompassing all of Java. It also makes it easy to write
> Java programs that use the services of Mathematica. In particular,
> people who want to create web-based solutions involving Mathematica
> now have an excellent tool."
> MathLink is a general interface for external programs to communicate
> with Mathematica. It allows Mathematica expressions to be
> transmitted--serialized--from one process to another, even if they
> are running on different computers. Because Mathematica, MathLink,
> and Java are all well-known platform-independent technologies,
> applications constructed from these components allow the construction
> of sophisticated and completely portable solutions involving
> computation done by single machines or groups of programs over a
> network.
> The core technology of J/Link makes use of the Java reflection API,
> which allows Java code to describe itself to some external agent, in
> this case Mathematica. In this way Mathematica can dynamically and
> automatically construct the correct interface to the capabilities of
> a Java package. There is no need for any special template interface
> to be constructed, as is the case for C or C++. Wolfram Research is
> making this preview release of J/Link available at no charge both to
> users and to developers who wish to create applications involving
> Java and Mathematica.
> For more information, visit
> The J/Link preview release package can be downloaded from
> =======================
> Maryka T. Baraka
> News Department
> Wolfram Research, Inc.

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