# Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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New Development Snapshot

Hot on the heels of the 7.0 release candidate, the first development snapshot of 7.1. The most visible change is a new feature. The ikvm.lang.DllExport annotation to export static methods as unmanaged entry points.

Here's a crazy example:

import ikvm.lang.DllExport;
import cli.System.Runtime.InteropServices.DllImportAttribute;

public class test {
  @DllExport(name = "Foo", ordinal = 42)
  static void Dummy() {
    System.out.println("Hello World");

  static native void Foo();

  public static void main(String[] args) {

Compile as follows:

ikvmstub mscorlib
javac -cp \ikvm\lib\ikvm-api.jar;mscorlib.jar test.java
ikvmc test.class -r:mscorlib -platform:x86

The DllExport annotation only works when you explicitly specify -platform:x86 or -platform:x64. In the future ARM will also be supported, but I'll need to have an ARM Windows 8 system first. Since it emits an unmanaged entry point, the resulting assembly is a platform specific mixed assembly.


  • Updated version to 7.1.4336.0.
  • Added ikvmc warnings for referencing non-primary assembly in shared class loader group and duplicate references.
  • Removed ikvmc -platform:Itanium option.
  • Added ikvm.lang.DllExport annotation to export static methods as unmanaged exports.
  • Implemented a different pinning scheme for GetPrimitiveArrayCritical() that tolerates broken code that passes back the wrong pointer to Release. Should also perform better in most cases. GetStringCritical() now also pins instead of copies. Note that we intentionally ignore the mode parameter in ReleasePrimitiveArrayCritical() as HotSpot does the same.
  • Added include stdarg.h to jni.h make the header file compile by itself.
  • Added JNI_TRUE and JNI_FALSE to jni.h.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Fixed various assembly name parsing bugs in managed Fusion CompareAssemblyIdentity.
  • IKVM.Reflection: Re-implemented (most of) AssemblyName without dependency on System.Reflection.AssemblyName.

Binaries available here: ikvmbin-7.1.4336.zip

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:25:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]