The Java-ECLiPSe Interface is a general-purpose tool for interfacing ECLiPSe with Java, Sun’s popular object-oriented platform-independent programming language. It could be used for example to write a Java graphical front-end to an ECLiPSe optimisation program or to interface ECLiPSe with a commercial application written in Java. This document assumes a moderate level of programming in Java (e.g. how to use classes, packages, interfaces etc. and some knowledge of the java.util, java.io and java.net libraries) and a basic knowledge of how to interact with ECLiPSe (e.g. how to execute a goal, nondeterminism, what lists are etc.). There are also some diagrams in UML notation, but these are not crucial to the reader’s understanding.
Section 8.1 is intended to get you started quickly by running the example program QuickTest.java. Section 8.2 gives a brief overview of the functionality of the Java-ECLiPSe interface by taking a closer look at how QuickTest.java works. In the other sections of the document you will learn how to write Java programs which can:
Throughout this document, <eclipse_dir> stands for the root location of your ECLiPSe installation. Detailed javadoc-generated HTML descriptions of the API provided by the com.parctechnologies.eclipse package can be found at:
You may wish to browse the API documentation after reading this document to obtain more detailed descriptions of classes and interfaces in the package.