[getdns-api] Java language bindings

Wiley, Glen gwiley at verisign.com
Tue Sep 10 12:14:21 MST 2013

As we continue our work on the getdns API implementation the question of what the Java language bindings would look like came up.  It doesn't look as though Java appeared in any postings to the list yet so I'd like to offer a few thoughts (paraphrased from notes from previous discussion with Neel Goyal and Allison Mankin)

Java developers are used to different idioms than the typical C developer so it might not make sense to implement a Java version of the API using exactly the same semantics as the C version.  We might want a more OO approach to the Java implementation, for example we might handle context this way:

Assuming the package com.verisign.getdns:

getdns_context_create becomes:
// DnsContext class or DnsContextFactory class
static DnsContext create(boolean setFromOs);

We are thinking that the implementation would likely be done in Java (rather than exposing the C implementation via JNI for example).
Glen Wiley
Sr. Engineer
The Hive, Verisign, Inc.
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