# Thursday, 25 July 2002
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More java.lang.Throwable

I did some more work on Throwable. In my previous post I forgot to mention that virtual methods in Throwable wheren't overidable yet (because they have no equivalent in System.Exception, I cannot reuse those vtable slots, like I do for System.Object). I implemented a mechanism to support those now. Every direct subclass of Throwable is converted into a .NET subtype of System.Exception and it implements the Throwable$VirtualMethods interface. Each virtual invocation of a virtual method in Throwable is redirected to a static method in the class Throwable$VirtualMethodsHelper that checks if the type implements the Throwable$VirtualMethods interface, if it does, the method is routed there, if it doesn't the method is routed to the C# implementation of the Throwable method in ExceptionHelper.

BTW, the reason that the static helper methods are in a separate class, is because Reflection.Emit (incorrectly) doesn't allow the definition of static methods in interfaces.

The cool part of all this is that all of this virtual method handling is generic and completely based on the remappings defined in map.xml.

I also implemented the 1.4 stack trace handling, so Throwable is now fully functional.

BTW#2, there is also an alternative way I could have handled the virtual methods, by making Throwable a subtype of System.Exception. I haven't figured out the pros and cons of this, so may be I'll do the alternative implementation in a few days to see if that is a more elegant way of doing it.

Updated the snapshot.

Thursday, 25 July 2002 18:16:31 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [1]
Tuesday, 30 July 2002 11:27:20 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)

The natural "con" that I can think of regarding your alternative implementation is that it would make it very difficult for Java code to catch System.Exception. At least it would require that code that wants to catch *any* exception would have to know that it might be running under IK.VM and explicitly catch System.Exception, where a normal Java program might expect to be able to catch Throwable.


The difficulty, it seems to me, is ensuring that you don't just have a good mapping from Java to C#, but that your mapping is fully *reversible*, and makes just as much sense going the other way. Java code expects to know exactly what exceptions are going to happen for a particular method, so you'll need to be remapping things like IOException already - and you'll need some way to ensure that any exception that's going to be thrown by a method where Java doesn't expect it gets mapped to a RuntimeException (or Error or direct Throwable subclass) with the original exception as the cause.


I suppose that your generated JAR files (described in your previous entry in response to my comment) will have to declare every method as "throws Exception", right?

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