calling dll written in VB from JAVA

Hi All,

    I'm new to JNI.I wann to call a dll written in VB from java.please guide me.

TensionAsked:
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girionisCommented:
>  We don't want to use any 3rd party to call the native methods in the vb dll & we need use pure java.

  This is not possible (at least to the best of my knowledge) by using the stanard Java libraries. If you do not want to use a thrid party API you can either use MS J++ to do it or write a wrapper C++ object. You will have to call methods in this wrapper object (via JNI) and this in turn will be calling the methods in the VB object.

  Hope it helps.
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girionisCommented:
 You cannot do it straight away. You need to either write a wrapper class (C or C++) or use a third part API. Take a look here: http://danadler.com/jacob/

  Hope it helps.
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doronbCommented:
Hi,

If you have VB, maybe you also have Visual J++, if you do, then you can wrap your VB dll with a Java class and use that class from your regular Java classes. Visual J++ handles this sort of thing much more conviniently than any other tool I've heard of.

Hope this helps,
Doron
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yasser_helmyCommented:
Hi Tension,
I think a similar question was asked a few days ago but i dont remeber the question number. It was about using activex controls inside java. An answer was accepted.
Take a look at: http://www.codeproject.com/java/javacom.asp
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TensionAuthor Commented:
Hi All,
   
   We don't want to use any 3rd party to call the native methods in the vb dll & we need use pure java.
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doronbCommented:
You could probably lookup a Sun tutorial about JNI and native libraries to see how to bind Java methods to native methods loaded from Windows DLL or Unix Shared Objects.

Maybe something like:
http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/codesamples/jni.html
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yasser_helmyCommented:
Hi Tension,
using pure java to access the vb dll directly is not possible. The dll must have an interface that the jvm can understand. The native methods must be compatible with the jni interface. Maybe there is a jni interface to vb like the one for c.
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