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I write server-side applications in Java. These are frequently deployed on MS Windows servers. I'd like to be able to write errors to the MS Windows Event Log.

I have seen some code covering this through JNI, but it is pretty horrible. Has anyone any reasonable simple code - or a package - that does this?

(I have looked at
http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-09-2001/jw-0928-ntmessages.html? 
but it's fairly old and not very nice. I'm hoping for a better way. Is there an ActiveX I could call with Jawin, maybe?).

regards
Simon in Sydney, where the weather isn't as nice as it should be by now)
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that solution looks about as good as you'll get.
(Calling an ActiveX component with Jawin is a lot messier in my opinion)

> where the weather isn't as nice as it should be by now

And its just started raining again :(
But as long as it's fine on the weekend for the wallabies I'm happy :-)
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Sometimes - actually pretty often - I feel people go a long way out of their way to make things hard. (Actually, listening to my co-worker battling to get IIS/BizTalk, Certicates, Web Services to function together, I think these same people may be spending ALL of their time making things hard).

Ok. I'll try the suggested stuff.
Yuk. JNDI.

Actually I find base Jawin excellent. But the resouce stuff makes it a bit tricky.

Not too worried about the Wallabies - hey, I think I'll go sailing and have the Sydney Harbour to myself!
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> Yuk. JNDI.

JNI actually. But all the works already done in the article so there's really not much left to be done. So you don't need to actually write any JNI yourself.

> Actually I find base Jawin excellent.

Yes jawin is nice, but it is just a JNI DLL providing a generic Java interface to Windows DLL. Whereas the code in the article provides a more focussed DLL for performing the task you require.

> I think I'll go sailing and have the Sydney Harbour to myself!

enjoy :-)
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JNI, JNDI, let's call the whole thing off.

Currently battling to get it to work. It's resisting ...! It looks as though the C stuff has worked - but the Java side is resisting, dammit ... I've only been coding for 30 years, one day I'll get it right ... or maybe I should stick to sailing.
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Whats the problem exactly?
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Java doesn't want to run the class. It's usually some dopey problem with the classpath when this happens. But as I don't have one how can it be ... ah, got it. Needed a classpath of "."

Silly program ...


Ok I seem to have an output into the Event Viewer.

Hooray! About time too.

Great. Thanks for the encouragement - want to come sailing?
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> want to come sailing?

Love to :-)


http://www.objects.com.au/staff/mick
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