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11.4 Reference types

A Java reference type is treated as a class in C++. Classes and interfaces are handled this way. A Java reference is translated to a C++ pointer, so for instance a Java java.lang.String becomes, in C++, java::lang::String *.

CNI provides a few built-in typedefs for the most common classes:

Java type C++ typename Description
java.lang.Object jobject Object type
java.lang.String jstring String type
java.lang.Class jclass Class type
Every Java class or interface has a corresponding Class instance. These can be accessed in CNI via the static class$ field of a class. The class$ field is of type Class (and not Class *), so you will typically take the address of it. Here is how you can refer to the class of String, which in Java would be written String.class:

     using namespace java::lang;
     doSomething (&String::class$);