Re: empty interfaces via reflection

 "Aryeh M. Friedman" <>
Sun, 14 Oct 2007 08:57:31 -0000

The reason for saying this is it needs to be 100% backwards compatible

with Java (i.e. you do not need AsepectJ to run or maintain any
component except the ones mentioned)... reason it is a commerical open-
source unit testing framework for java and part of the marketing is
all our products are 100% java.

In think it over I decided to post a high level summary of the

1. The framework has it's own standalone GUI see for screen shots

2. When clicking on "run tests" any recompiling done since the last
test run (either from with in the GUI or restarting the app) needs to
be honored

3. I currently solved item 2 in a very adhoc and bug prone way:
     a. Have a custom class loader (see other treads) since the system
class loader will not honor
        updated .class files
     b. A side effect of using a custom class loader is you can not
directly cast to an instance created using the system class loader.
For example:

public class Main
        public static void main(String[] args)
                throws Throwable
                ClassLoader loader=new MyClassLoader();
                Class klass=loader.loadClass("MyClass");

                MyClass m=(MyClass) klass.newInstance();

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ClassCastException: MyClass
cannot be cast to MyClass
        at Main.main(

Here is the support code:

import java.lang.reflect.*;

public class MyClassLoader extends ClassLoader
        public Class loadClass(String name)
                try {
                                return super.loadClass(name);

                        FileInputStream fis=new FileInputStream(name
                        byte[] b=new byte[fis.available()];


                        return defineClass(name,b,0,b.length);
                } catch(Throwable e) {

                return null;

public class MyClass
        public MyClass()
                ack=new Integer(0);

        public Integer getAck()
                return ack;

        private int foo;
        private Integer ack;

If you want more detail and the threads proving the correctness of the
code see:

One solution I have found to this problem (which I do in a adhoc and
bug baity way in the production code) is to create a second instance
of the class using the system class loader then copy the fields over
that way any getter/setter operates on stuff created by the system
class loader and not the custom class loader (this is fine because by
definition Unit tests only test the top level containing class).
Recently I have come up with the following experimental code to do
this is a more systematic way:

import java.lang.reflect.*;

public class Main
    public static void main(String[] args)
        throws Throwable
        ClassLoader loader=new MyClassLoader();
        Class klass=loader.loadClass("MyClass");

        MyClass m=(MyClass) rebrand(MyClass.class,klass.newInstance());

        // cast to make sure rebrand works
        System.out.println((Integer) m.getAck());

    public static Object rebrand(Class brand,Object obj)
        throws Throwable
        ClassLoader loader=ClassLoader.getSystemClassLoader();
        Class klass=loader.loadClass(brand.getCanonicalName());
        Object real=klass.newInstance();

        for(Field f:real.getClass().getDeclaredFields()) {

            Field oldField=obj.getClass().getDeclaredField(f.getName());
            boolean fVis=f.isAccessible();
            boolean oVis=oldField.isAccessible();

            try {
            } catch(Throwable e) {
                // if for some reason we can't mod the accessibility skip it



        return real;

The only problem remaining is to call rebrand when ever the class
under test returns a field (see the println for an example).

This is where the proxy comes in I basically wrap Proxy.invoke(....)
around all method calls and if the return type needs to be rebranded
(made by the custom classloader) it does so. This is safe because it
is conceptually illegal for a unit test to call any methods in the
returned value except to check it's values.

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