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Re: Accessing static members with J/Link

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  • Subject: [mg110985] Re: Accessing static members with J/Link
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 05:15:35 -0400 (EDT)
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On 15/07/10 08:10, John_V wrote:
> I'm trying to learn how to use J/Link, and I have run into an elementary
> (I hope) problem when I try to access static methods and fields. For
> example, the Java Math class has static fields for E and PI and a number
> of static methods, abs() among them. Here's what happens when I try to
> use them:
> My inputs:
>      Needs["JLink`"]
>      InstallJava[]
>      myMathClass = LoadJavaClass["java.lang.Math"]
>      Fields[myMathClass]
>      pi = myMathClass`PI
>      myMathClass`abs[-5]
> /Mathematica/'s outputs:
>      Out[2]= LinkObject[...]
>      Out[3]= JavaClass[java.lang.Math,<>  ]
>      Out[4]//TableForm=
>           static final double E
>           static final double PI
>      Out[5]= myMathClass`PI
>      Out[6]= myMathClass`abs[-5]
> I believe the fact that Out[4] correctly lists java.lang.Math's static
> fields means LoadJavaClass worked, but I expected Out[5] = 3.1415... and
> Out[6] = 5. I thought this was a near verbatim transcription of the
> examples in the "Calling Methods and Accessing Fields" part of the
> J/Link user guide. What am I doing wrong?
> Thanks,
> John

After loading the relevant class, you should be able to access static 
members by using the full Java name with context marks instead of the 
In[8]:= java`lang`Math`PI

Out[8]= 3.14159

Note that although these appear like simple Mathematica variables, they 
have been setup with SetDelayed, so that evaluateing one accesses the 
corresponding variable in Java - to see this, type:


David Bailey

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