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From "David W. Van Couvering" <David.Vancouver...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: context classloader versus default classloader
Date Wed, 23 Nov 2005 00:56:03 GMT
My knowledge is increasing...

A great white paper:


It appears that the context classloader is made available to code to use 
*if they want to* but is not implicitly used when using 
'Class.forName()' or 'new XXX()'.


David W. Van Couvering wrote:
> A quick note: it appears I'm not the only one who struggles with this 
> problem...
> http://jroller.com/page/alanli?entry=plugin_architecture_thread_context_classloader 
> David W. Van Couvering wrote:
>> Hi.  I am a little confused between two different "current 
>> classloaders" that are available to appication code:
>> this.getClass().getClassLoader() -- what I call the "default classloader"
>> Thread.currentThread.getContextClassLoader() -- what I call the 
>> "context classloader"
>> When I am creating my own classloader, I want to identify the parent 
>> classloader.  Which one of these should I use?  I noticed that the 
>> engine code uses the context classloader to load application classes, 
>> but sets the default classloader to be its parent when creating a 
>> classloader for loading generated bytecode.
>> Any and all tips would be most appreciated.
>> Thanks,
>> David

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