Re: I'm annoyed

Lew <com.lewscanon@lew>
Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:08:08 -0400
Oops - sorry about the null post.

Lew wrote:

NoClassDefFoundError is the standard response by the JVM when the
desired class, in this case AaaBbb, is not present at run time.

Mike Schilling wrote:

As documented, it's when a class referenced via normal Java processing
(e.g. running "new" on it) can't be found at run time. Here my code
was explicitly calling Classloader.loadClass();


I'm sure that the implementation is something like that. Still, it
wouldn't have been hard for loadClass() to catch the Error and throw
an Exception; that's the fix I put in. And it would result in the
bloody method behaving as documented.

The documentation says that NoClassDefFoundError is "[t]hrown if the Java
Virtual Machine or a ClassLoader instance tries to load in the definition of a
class (as part of a normal method call or as part of creating a new instance
using the new expression) and no definition of the class could be found."

You performed a normal method call, 'loadClass()'. My analysis was that the
error occurred on the attempt to load the class, completely consistent with
the documentation that it occurs when the JVM or "ClassLoader instance tries
to load in the definition". This happened at run time. The action was
entirely consistent with the documentation.


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