In this tip, I am going to describe how to use Java Packages in .NET using IKVM.NET. In my previous tip, I have briefly described all about IKVM.NET. So before reading this tip, you can refer to that one. IKVM.NET provides this facility with the help of OpenJDK Project.
Using the Code
So for using IKVM.NET library, first of all you have to download it from here. After downloading IKVM.NET , unzip the file. You can see the following folders and files inside unzip file.
Now suppose you are creating a project in C#.NET and you want to use Java packages in this project, then we need to add reference of the package which is required. For each package, there is a separate DLL file so you can add any package.
As you can see in the above image, there are lots of packages present as DLL file so you can add references of the required packages.
Here, I am going to use GZIP Compression class present in Java.util.zip package of Java. I know all of you have a question now, why I am using GZIP compression of Java while it presents in .NET already. So the reason behind that is GZIP compression provided by Java is better than .NET.
Let's see how to use it. So here we need to add IKVM.OpenJDK.Util.dll and IKVM.OpenJDK.Code.dll because
GZIPOutputStream class is present in
IKVM.OpenJDK.Util package and
FileInputStream class which is required for file manipulation is present in
Java.io that resides in
static void Main(string args)
FileInputStream fin = new FileInputStream(srcfile);
GZIPOutputStream fout = new GZIPOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(dstfile));
byte buffer = new byte;
while ((bytesRead = fin.read(buffer)) != -1)
fout.write(buffer, 0, bytesRead);
So as you can see in the above code by using IKVM.NET, we can use any Java package very easily without any overhead. You can use the same code that you have used in Java.
Points of Interest
You can use many powerful facilities that are provided by Java packages, without any overhead. In this tip, I am using a very simple utility of Java but if you want, you can use it accordingly and find it more useful later on.