Using RMI and the FileSystemView class
Posted on 2004-04-02
I have two Java applications that communicate via RMI. In the client application I want to allow the user to specify a file on a server and then send a job to the server application. The server application requires the correct path of the file chosen by the user and the client application requires the IP address of the machine the file resides on.
In Swing for Java 1.4 it seems the JFileChooser is clever enough to browse the LAN. However, it is not possible to obtain the IP address of the machine the file resides on or the correct path due to mounted file systems etc from the JFileChooser.
To overcome this problem I am going to ask the user to specify in the preferences for the client application the IP address for all the servers the may wish to use. Then create a customised JFileChooser that has a drop down list of the specified server IP addresses. When a new IP address is selected the event handler will create a stub to a remote FileSystemView object initiated by the server application. This new remote FileSystemView object will replace the one currently used by the JFileChooser.
I don’t know if this solution is a bit heavy handed. I also think that my problem isn’t that obscure and someone else must have encountered it before. If anyone else has an alternate solution that is a lot more elegant that would be great. Also if you think the above idea is just not feasible to implement please let me know as I am just about to start the prototyping phase.
If you haven’t guessed already, network programming is something I am relatively new to so any help would be greatly appreciated.