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JAVA reflection

JAVASSIST [Chi00] and OPENJAVA [TCKI00] are two approaches to extending JAVA with load-time structural reflection, i.e., the ability of modifying classes at runtime prior to instantiation. OPENJAVA promotes a compile-time meta-object protocol [Chi95] based on an extension of java.lang.Class, and makes use of the SUN JAVA compiler, while JAVASSIST provides an extended Classloader supporting the creation of new methods as copies of existing ones.

We have however refrained from using JAVASSIST or OPENJAVA, because our static filters represent very specific classes which can be generated without any language extension.

Patrick Eugster