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How do I cast variable types in Java?

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Hi guys!, I have a class with only variables, and I need to read from a Socket with the class DataInputStream into my class, I don't want to copy var per var, is there any way to cast from a byte[] to class type some bytes?
That is:
class myType{
  short Op;
  short ID;
  int     hWnd;
  int    Time;
 }

[..]
DataInputStream Data;
myType t;

Data.read(t,  0,sizeof(t));  <-------- How can I do this? read info into my data type, just cast?,

Thank you!
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by:shchuka
ID: 1229419
I don't think you can do it directly in Java.  One thing to try is to use DataOutputStream to write a bunch of bytes to a disk file and then ObjectInputStream to read an object (with casting, of course)
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mjenkins earned 100 total points
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Why not just try this:

import java.io.*;
 
public class Foo
    implements Serializable
{
    public static void main( String args[] )
    {
        Foo foo = new Foo( (short)1, (short)2, 3, 4 );
        Foo foo2;
 
        try
        {
            System.out.println( "Starting" );
            FileOutputStream ostream = new FileOutputStream("t.tmp");
            ObjectOutputStream p = new ObjectOutputStream(ostream);
            p.writeObject(foo);
            p.flush();
            ostream.close();
            System.out.println( "Reading" );
            FileInputStream istream = new FileInputStream("t.tmp");
            ObjectInputStream p2 = new ObjectInputStream(istream);
            foo2 = (Foo)p2.readObject();
            istream.close();
 
            System.out.println( "Op = " + foo2.Op );
            System.out.println( "Id = " + foo2.ID );
            System.out.println( "hWnd = " + foo2.hWnd );
            System.out.println( "Time = " + foo2.Time );
        }
        catch( Exception e )
        {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
 
        System.out.println( "Done" );
    }
 
    public Foo( short a, short b, int c, int d )
    {
        Op = a;
        ID = b;
        hWnd = c;
        Time = d;
    }
 
    short Op;
    short ID;
    int     hWnd;
    int    Time;
}

That makes the whole process transparent to you.
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by:tomd012698
ID: 1229421
 I am pretty sure that your code example will get you trouble.  There is more to a class than just the raw data that makes it up.  While you might get away with it, simply casting a chunk of raw data into a class is not a secure solution.  You should not  assumine knowledge of the physical structure of the class in memory.  This would amount to a security issue with Java, and most likely be disallowed.

  An easy solution would be to create a constructor for your class that takes an array of bytes, and an index within that array to pull from.  Then you could copy all of the bytes out of the stream, and use the constructors to build classes that you place into a second array.  The only disadvantage is that you would have to keep the data array until you are done converting, unless you wanted to use a threaded strategy.
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by:tomd012698
ID: 1229422
By the way..... My comment was to the original question, not to the answer by mjenkins.
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by:mjenkins
ID: 1229423
tomd is absolutely correct in stating that simply reading and writting the byte stream in this case is undesirable. The behavior is undefined. My solution simply amounts to identifying your class as "Serializable" in order to allow the default readObject() and writeObject() methods to work. Of course, the main() method is just there to demostrate the solution.
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by:mjenkins
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tomd is absolutely correct in stating that simply reading and writting the byte stream in this case is undesirable. The behavior is undefined. My solution simply amounts to identifying your class as "Serializable" in order to allow the default readObject() and writeObject() methods to work. Of course, the main() method is just there to demostrate the solution.
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Did this answer your question? You haven't replied in two weeks. I would appreciate a grade for the answer I suplied  :)
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