How can I declare an uint8_t array in Java

I have a C++ Function in my DLL that needs an uint8_t array as an input Parameter, so the array looks something like that:

I have a C++ Function in my DLL that needs an uint8_t array as an input Parameter, so the array looks something like that:

uint8_t input[input_length] = { 0x30, 0x41, 0x80, 0x8A...}; 

I want to use this function in Java with JNA, which means I have to creat an uint8_t array in Java. My first approach was to create an byte array like:

byte[] input = { 0x30, 0x41, 0x80, 0x8A...}; 

But then I realized that an uint8_t Variable in C++ has a range from 0..255, but a byte Variable in Java has an range from -128..127, and as you can see this array contains Values that are over 127 (like 0x8A), which means my Java declaration here is not valid. So my question is what type in Java is equivalent to uint8_t?

Java to C# – C# to Java

Java to C# – C# to Java

In this post, we bring you a much needed Rosetta Stone — an explanatory bridge between these two technologies

Originally published by Andy Macdonald at https://medium.com
Java and C# are incredibly similar. Both languages are somewhat derived from C++ and from similar first principles.

Java was developed in 1995 to create a language with a simpler programming model than C++ while still preserving some of the same syntax of the language to facilitate developers transitioning to it.

C# was developed in 2000 by Microsoft as part of its .NET drive in order to develop a language and set of technologies that could address some of the perceived weaknesses of the C++ language. It was also developed with quite heavy “inspiration” from the Java language.

Despite the similarities between the languages and sharing some common ground, transitioning from one technology to the other for a developer well-practised in one technology can be quite tricky.

Innovation happens best when there is collaboration between people of different mindsets — yet users of C# and Java can be somewhat tribalistic.

To that end, I thought it would be useful to put together a sort of guide to help people thinking about or starting to transition between these two technologies. It would also be nice in some way to facilitate a bit more collaboration between these two worlds — hopefully to do my bit to reduce the needless gulf that exists between them.

Some of the similarities right off the bat:

Java is a language that runs in a virtual machine environment (JVM) and runs bytecode that the Java compiler generates.

For C#, the situation is similar. It is a language that runs on the .NET framework and the CLR runtime. It uses a similar intermediary language to Java bytecode called MSIL which gets run via CLR.

Naming and Conventions

Some of the key and most immediately obvious differences in nomenclature, syntax, and conventions are:

  • “Projects” (Java) — “Solutions” (C#)
  • In Java, methods use lowerCamelCase (bar.doAThing()), whilst in C# public methods use PascalCase (bar.DoAThing())
  • In C#, interfaces are always prefixed with an I, as in IUserService<T>, instead of UserService<T>** **in Java
  • In Java, a string is a String** **— in C# a string is a string
  • “POJO” (Java) — “POCO” (C#)
  • Packages (Java) — Namespaces (C#)

Package (Java)

package dev.andymacdonald;

// Code goes here

Namespace (C#)

namespace Dev.AndyMacdonald 
{
  // Code goes here
}

Syntax

**Java has <strong>final</strong> variables — C# has **<strong>readonly</strong>

A key difference here is that Java final variables can be assigned once anywhere in the class, whereas C#’s readonly variables can only be assigned in the constructor.

C# has <strong>out</strong> and <strong>ref</strong> parameters to allow passing arguments by reference — Java doesn’t

It can manipulate objects and variables by reference, but in a method, these arguments are passed by a value. With C#, we can override this behaviour with the out and ref keywords.

Annotations (Java) — attributes (C#)

These are basically equivalent concepts and just differ in actual syntax. Both annotations and attributes can be accessed via each language’s respective Reflection API implementation.

Java annotation:

@PersonallyIdentifiable
private String fullName;

C# attribute:

[PersonallyIdentifiable]
private string fullName;

Getters and setters or Project Lombok (Java) — C# properties

C# really overtakes Java here with its built-in properties* *feature. In the standard JDK, there isn’t an equivalent to this, and instead, in Java, getters and setters must be written for each field requiring an accessor.

These are often just generated by the developer with their IDE as a cheat … still a bit tedious, though.

Java getters and setters:


public class Element 
{
   
  private String symbol;   
  private String name;   
  private int atomicNumber;
  public int getAtomicNumber() 
  {
    return this.atomicNumber;
  }
  public String getSymbol() 
  {
    return this.symbol;
  }
  public String getName() 
  {
    return this.name; 
  }
  public void setAtomicNumber(int atomicNumber) 
  {
    this.atomicNumber = atomicNumber;
  }
  public void setName(String name) 
  {
    this.name = name;
  }
  public void setSymbol(String symbol) 
  {
    this.symbol = symbol;
  }
}

Many Java projects incorporate Project Lombok, which adds getters, setters, equals, and hash code (plus other useful boilerplates) at compile time.

Project Lombok — not part of the standard library:

@Getter @Setter
public class Element 
{
   
  private String symbol;   
  private String name;   
  private int atomicNumber;
}

C# built-in properties feature:

public class Element 
{

  public string Symbol { get; set; }     
  public string Name { get; set; }     
  public int AtomicNumber { get; set; }
}

Loops

Java for each loop:

List<Integer> fibNumbers = Arrays.asList(0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13);
int count = 0;
for (int element: fibNumbers)
{
    count++;
    System.out.println(String.format("Element #%s: %s", count, element));
}
System.out.println(String.format("Number of elements: %s", count));

C# for each loop:

var fibNumbers = new List<int> { 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 };
int count = 0;
foreach (int element in fibNumbers)
{
    count++;
    Console.WriteLine($"Element #{count}: {element}");
}
Console.WriteLine($"Number of elements: {count}");

Implementing interfaces/inheritance

Inheritance and implementing interfaces isn’t drastically different between the two languages. Java uses the extends or implements keywords; C# uses C++ syntax (derivation declaration) B : A for defining inheritance.

Defining and implementing an interface with methods in Java:

package dev.andymacdonald;


import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

interface Fish
{
   void swim();
}

class Salmon implements Fish
{

   public void swim()
   {
      System.out.println("Salmon.Fish");
   }
}

class Cod implements Fish
{
   public void swim()
   {
      System.out.println("Cod.Swim");
   }
}

public class Program
{
   public static void main()
   {
      List<Fish> fishes = new ArrayList<>();
      fishes.add(new Salmon());
      fishes.add(new Cod());

      for (Fish fish : fishes)
      {
         fish.swim();
      }
   }
}

Defining and implementing an interface with methods in C#:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace Dev.AndyMacdonald 
{
    interface Fish
    {
        void Swim();
    }
    class Salmon : Fish
    {
        public void Swim()
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Salmon.Fish");
        }
    }
    class Cod : Fish
    {
        public void Swim()
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Cod.Swim");
        }
    }
    class Program
    {
        static void Main()
        {
            List<Fish> fishes = new List<Fish>();
            fishes.Add(new Salmon());
            fishes.Add(new Cod());
            foreach (Fish fish in fishes)
            {
                fish.Swim();
            }
        }
    }
}

Pointers

Quite simply, Java just doesn’t do pointers, whereas in C# it is possible to do pointer arithmetic and manipulation.

 unsafe {
  int a = 25;
  int * ptr = &a;
  Console.WriteLine($"Value of pointer is {*ptr}");
}

IDE

Visual Studio

C# developers traditionally and typically use the Visual Studio IDE. This is a situation borne out of the origins of .NET being a closed-source technology. Microsoft developed Visual Studio** **to be a one-stop shop for all things .NET.

Java went down a different route, offering much more developer choice in tooling from the outset. That’s why there’s a much greater range of IDEs for Java development (e.g., IntelliJ, Eclipse, NetBeans). Gradually the landscape for .NET developers has shifted, and more IDEs and developer choice has been offered over the years.

IntelliJ (Java) — Rider (C#)

Users of JetBrains IDEs will find the transition from one IDE to another very smooth if they choose to make a switch to the respective JetBrains IDE in the technology they are targeting. Keyboard shortcuts, IDE layout, and even some plugins are equivalent or comparable — virtually the same IDE.

Dependency Management

Maven (Java) — NuGet and dotnet CLI (C#)

Maven is a tool responsible for dependency management and the life cycle of the building of typically Java and JVM applications. That said, it is pretty flexible, has 1000s of plugins, and can be used to build applications of other languages, such as PHP and JavaScript.

The configurable unit of maven is a pom.xml file that every maven project has. For a project’s submodules, it is possible to have a pom file per submodule which inherits from a parent. Maven uses a remote server or repository of some kind to host and retrieve packages.

Maven pom.xml file (Java):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"
         xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
         xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
    <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>
    <groupId>dev.andymacdonald</groupId>
    <artifactId>fish-app</artifactId>
    <version>0.0.1-SNAPSHOT</version>
    <packaging>jar</packaging>

    <dependencies>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.projectlombok</groupId>
            <artifactId>lombok</artifactId>
        </dependency>
    </dependencies>

    <build>
        <plugins>
            <plugin>
                <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>
                <artifactId>spring-boot-maven-plugin</artifactId>
            </plugin>
        </plugins>
    </build>

</project>

At the simplest level, you can test and build a Maven project with the following command:

mvn clean install

And create a package with this:

mvn clean package

And finally, deploy a package like this:

mvn clean deploy

NuGet fulfills a similar, though not identical role in .NET to Maven. NuGet can use a few different configuration files but commonly uses .csproj*. *As with Maven, NuGet uses a server/repository that can host packages.

NuGet .csproj file:

<Project xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">
  <PropertyGroup>
    <AssemblyName>MSBuildSample</AssemblyName>
    <OutputPath>Bin\</OutputPath>
  </PropertyGroup>
  <ItemGroup>
    <Compile Include="helloworld.cs" />
  </ItemGroup>
  <ItemGroup>
    <PackageReference Include="MyDependency" version="1.0.0" />
  </ItemGroup>  
  <Target Name="Build">
    <MakeDir Directories="$(OutputPath)" Condition="!Exists('$(OutputPath)')" />
    <Csc Sources="@(Compile)" OutputAssembly="$(OutputPath)$(AssemblyName).exe" />
  </Target>
</Project>

NuGet’s primary role is package management, construction, and deployment. Java developers will notice that it doesn’t really have the same concept of build phases as Maven does. Additionally, .NET developers don’t tend to edit their build files manually as Java developers do with pom.xml files, preferring to manipulate them in their IDE instead.

Packages can be built, packaged, and deployed to NuGet with the following nuget commands:

nuget spec
nuget pack {nuspec file}
nuget push {package file} {apikey} -Source {host url}

If you want to run the tests for your .NET application, you can run the following dotnet CLI command:

dotnet test

The dotnet CLI can also be used as a wrapper around nuget commands.

Application Servers

Apache Tomcat (Java) — IIS (ASP.NET)

Tomcat is an open-source web server and servlet container from the Apache Foundation. Though there are many other application servers used widely in Java, it is a pretty common choice for most enterprise-software companies. It works across pretty much every operating system (e.g., Windows, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS).

.NET projects are typically deployed on IIS, a web server that only runs on Windows. While its portability is limited, it’s a pretty popular choice for Windows developers because of its ease of use and simplicity while still offering some advanced configuration options.

… But Wait!

For .NET Core web applications, you can package them to run as standalone web applications — allowing you to run them like this:

dotnet <app_assembly>.dll

In the same way you can run a Java Spring Boot web*** ***application (which has a self-contained Tomcat server):

java -jar <my-application>.jar

And visit your shiny new web app like this:

http://<serveraddress>:<port>

Libraries and Frameworks

Spring Framework (Java) — ASP.NET (C#)

The Spring Framework is a framework and IoC container for Java. In short, the Spring framework is responsible for instantiating objects (beans) and managing the life cycle of these beans in memory.

Create an ApplicationContext* *(similar to the concept of a Startup in ASP.NET). This example uses Spring Boot:

@SpringBootApplication
public class HumanApplication
{
   public static void main(String[] args) 
   {
      SpringApplication.run(HumanApplication.class, args);
   }
}

Create an interface:

public interface Organ<T>
{  
   void function();
}

Implement the Organ<T> interface:

@Component
public class Heart implements Organ<Heart>
{
    public Heart() {}
    public void function() 
    {
        System.out.println("Buh-dump");
    }
}

Constructor injection of Organ dependencies list into a Human service:

@Service
public class Human 
{
    private static final int MAX_SECONDS_OF_LIFE = 3000;
    private List<Organ> organs;
    public Human(List<Organ> organs) 
    {
        this.organs = organs;
    }
    @PostConstruct
    public void live() 
    {
        for (int i = 0; i < MAX_SECONDS_OF_LIFE; i++) 
        {
            organs.forEach(organ -> organ.function());
        }
    }
}

Run the application …

It’s aliiiiiiive:

Buh-dump
Buh-dump
Buh-dump
Buh-dump
...

Spring also ships with a handy suite of modules and packages.

In the core Spring packages, and in the convention-over-configuration extension to the framework, Spring Boot, useful combinations of existing and bespoke technologies are provided for developers wanting access to common libraries to kickstart a project with all that they may need, rather than having to write or track down these utilities themselves:

  • RestTemplate (spring-web — for constructing REST and HTTP requests)
  • JdbcTemplate (spring-data — for constructing JDBC queries and statements)
  • Spring Security (for creating and managing application security models)
  • ObjectMapper (spring-core — useful utility for mapping POJOs from Jackson)
  • etc.

ASP.NET fulfills a similar role in the world of C#, providing IoC functionality, commonly used technologies, and utilities in a single framework. However, ASP.NET generally only provides IoC functionality for web applications, whereas the Spring Framework provides this for any application type.

In terms of dependency inversion, it is possible to do very similar things in ASP.NET as in Spring.

As before, define the needed interface and concrete implementation:

public interface Organ<T>
{  
   void Function();
}
public class Heart : Organ<Heart>
{
    public Heart() {}
    public void Function() 
    {
        Console.WriteLine("Buh-dump");
    }
}

Invoke functions of injected dependencies:

public class Human
{

   private List<IOrgan> _organs;
 
   public Human(List<IOrgan> organs)
   {
      _organs = organs;
      this.Live();
   }
   public void Live()
   {
      organs.ForEach(organ =>
      {
         organ.Function();
      });
   }
}

Define a Startup and register services:

public class Startup  
{    
  public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
  {    
    services.AddTransient<IList<IOrgan>>(p => p.GetServices<IOrgan>().ToList());
  }
}

ASP.NET also fulfills the role of providing many useful libraries and utilities to accelerate development of your project.

Streams (Java) — LINQ (C#)

Both Java and C# have mechanisms to simplify the reduction of data sets — Streams and LINQ.

There are some differences and gaps between the two technologies but if you have familiarity with one, you’ll be able to get up and running fairly quickly with the other.

Java Streams:

List<Student> studentList = Arrays.asList( 
    new Student(1, "John", 18, 1),
    new Student(2, "Steve", 21, 1),
);
List<String> studentNames = studentList.stream()
    .filter(s -> s.getAge() > 18)
    .filter(s -> s.getStandardID() > 0)
    .map(s -> s.getName()).collect(Collectors.toList());
studentNames.forEach(name -> System.out.println(name));

LINQ Query (C#):

IList<Student> studentList = new List<Student>() { 
    new Student() { StudentID = 1, StudentName = "John", Age = 18, StandardID = 1 } ,
    new Student() { StudentID = 2, StudentName = "Steve",  Age = 21, StandardID = 1 }
};
var studentNames = studentList.Where(s => s.Age > 18)
                        .Where(st => st.StandardID > 0)
                        .Select(s => s.StudentName);
foreach(var name in studentNames) {   
    Console.WriteLine(name);
}

Apache Commons (Java) — CommonLibrary.NET (C#)

Apache Commons*** ***provides Java developers with a collection of several independently released, useful components and utilities for the purposes of accelerating development.

If you’re in need of a utility to work with ZIP files or a set of utilities for working with mathematical expressions and formulae, then Apache Commons has you covered.

In a similar way, CommonLibrary.NET covers these bases too — there are some key differences in naming of some components and modules, but for the most part, they are pretty much equivalent in their purpose.

That said, unlike Apache Commons, CommonLibrary.NET is quite old and isn’t very commonly used in projects anymore. If you’re after a continuously updated, curated list of libraries for each respective technology, I highly recommend these two lists:

akullpp/awesome-java

quozd/awesome-dotnet

Testing Libraries

JUnit (Java) — NUnit (C#)

Java’s ever-dependable JUnit library has a direct equivalent in C#.

NUnit has almost equivalent functionality to JUnit and is a popular choice for C# developers.

JUnit:

@Test
public void complexNumberTest()
{
    ComplexNumber result = someCalculation();
    Assert.assertEquals("Real", 5.2, result.getRealPart());
    Assert.assertEquals("Imaginary" 3.9, result.getImaginaryPart());
}

NUnit:

[Test]
public void ComplexNumberTest()
{
    ComplexNumber result = SomeCalculation();
    Assert.Multiple(() =>
    {
        Assert.AreEqual(5.2, result.RealPart, "Real");
        Assert.AreEqual(3.9, result.ImaginaryPart, "Imaginary");
    });
}

(Rumour has it NUnit started life as the JUnit source code modified to run in C#.)

Mockito (Java) — Moq (C#)

As with JUnit and NUnit, comparable functionality exists between Java’s Mockito and C#’s Moq library.

Mockito:

Foo mockFoo = mock(Foo.class);
when(mockFoo.doSomething("ping")).thenReturn(true);

Moq:

var mock = new Mock<IFoo>();
mock.Setup(foo => foo.DoSomething("ping")).Returns(true);

That’s It

Thanks for Reading!

I obviously couldn’t fit every difference, similarity, and detail in this article —* *it’s already far too long.

I hope at least I’ve covered enough ground to make you feel confident to make a switch and see how the other half lives.

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C/C++ vs. Rust: A developer’s perspective

C/C++ vs. Rust: A developer’s perspective

In this post, you'll see the difference between Rust and C/C++ in a developer’s perspective

Originally published by Maourice Gonzalez at https://www.onmsft.com

C++ is an incredibly fast and efficient programming language. Its versatility knows no bounds and its maturity ensures support and reliability are second to none. Code developed in C++ is also extremely portable, all major operating systems support it. Many developers begin their coding journey with the language, and this is no coincidence. Being object-oriented means it does a very good job of teaching concepts like classes, inheritance, abstraction, encapsulation and polymorphism. Its concepts and syntax can be found in modern languages like C#, Java and Rust. It provides a great foundation that serves as a high speed on ramp to the more popular, easier to use and modern alternatives.

Now it’s not all rosy. C++ has a very steep learning curve and requires developers to apply best practices to the letter or risk ending up with unsafe and/or poor performing code. The small footprint of the standard library, while most times considered a benefit, also adds to the level of difficulty. This means successfully using C++ to create useful complex libraries and applications can be challenging. There is also very little offered in terms of memory management, developers must do this themselves. Novice programmers could end up with debugging nightmares as their lack of experience leads to memory corruption and other sticky situations. This last point has lead many companies to explore fast performing, safe and equally powerful alternatives to C++. For today’s Microsoft that means Rust.

The majority of vulnerabilities fixed and with a CVE [Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures] assigned are caused by developers inadvertently inserting memory corruption bugs into their C and C++ code - Gavin Thomas, Microsoft Security Response Center

Rust began as a personal project by a Mozilla employee named Graydon Hoare sometime in 2006. This ambitious project was in pre-release development for almost a decade, finally launching version 1.0 in May 2015. In what seems to be the blink of an eye it has stolen the hearts of hordes of developers going as far as being voted the most loved language four years straight since 2016 in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey.

The hard work has definitely paid off. The end result is very efficient language which is characteristically object oriented. The fact that it was designed to be syntactically similar to C++ makes it very easy to approach. But unlike the aforementioned it was also designed to be memory safe while also employing a form of memory management without the explicit use of garbage collection.

The ugly truth is software development is very much a trial and error endeavor. With that said Rust has gone above and beyond to help us debug our code. The compiler produces extremely intuitive and user friendly error messages along with great direct linking to relevant documentation to aid with troubleshooting. This means if the problem is not evident, most times the answer is a click away. I’ve found myself rarely having to fire up my browser to look for solutions outside of what the Rust compiler offers in terms of explanation and documentation.

Rust does not have a garbage collector but most times still allocates and release memory for you. It’s also designed to be memory safe, unlike C++ which very easily lets you get into trouble with dangling pointers and data races. In contrast Rust employs concepts which help you prevent and avoid such issues.

There are many other factors which have steered me away from C++ and onto Rust. But to be honest it has nothing to do with all the great stuff we’ve just explored. I came to Rust on a journey that began with WebAssembly. What started with me looking for a more efficient alternative to JavaScript for the web turned into figuring out just how powerful Rust turns out to be. From its seamless interop…

Automatically generate binding code between Rust, WebAssembly, and JavaScript APIs. Take advantage of libraries like web-sys that provide pre-packaged bindings for the entire web platform. – Rust website

To how fast and predictable its performance is. Everything in our lives evolves. Our smartphones, our cars, our home appliances, our own bodies. C++ while still incredibly powerful, fast and versatile can only take us so far. There is no harm in exploring alternatives, especially one as exceptional and with as much promise as Rust.

What do you guys think? Have you or would you give Rust a try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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