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donkermazoid
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   Posted 7/21/2003 9:54 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Is it possible to program plugins in java? It is he language I am most familiar with, and while the coda site reccomends c++, it does not say c++ must be used exclusively. Can anyone let me know?

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   Posted 7/21/2003 2:03 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi Damien,

The core of a plug-in must be programmed in C or C++. Plug-ins must have 6 specific non-mangled function names to be loaded into Finale, and there's no way to get that in Java, Visual Basic, and many other languages.

However, once you have the core in C++, the bulk can be written in another language. We are in the process of porting our Dolet plug-in from VB to Java so we can run it on the Mac. There's an awful lot of JNI code involved to do this. Our plug-in is complex enough that it's worth it to put as much complexity as possible in Java and just do very simple things in C++. The JNI code is dwarfed by everything else going on in Java. But you'd need a big plug-in to make it worthwhile.

For a first plug-in, you'll probably find it easier to work in C++ to get familiar with the PDK - unless you're a real wizard with JNI.

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Michael Good
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