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From Dawid Loubser <da...@travellinck.com>
Subject Re: Apache River on Android?
Date Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:01:45 GMT
Hmm -  a well-considered glimmer of hope after first leaving no hope, I
like it :-)
I think this could be extremely interesting as a collaborative
technology infrastructure between Android devices connected to the same

Wish I had the bandwidth to pursue helping with something like this
right now in my life, but it's good to know that it's possible in theory.

thanks for the explanation, Peter -

On 17/06/2015 10:57, Peter wrote:
> Well,
> It is possible to make an Android version of River, with substituted
> java.rmi.* classes, that is compatible with java, provided that the
> serial from of those classes is identical to the java versions,
> including the serialized class name, then yes, it is possible.  But it
> will still require a different codebase annotation schema, it could be
> as simple as a codebase server that has *.jar and *.aar files with the
> same name, but the android client version substitues *.jar with *.aar
> in the stream's codebase annotations.
> Maybe it's not so hard after all.
> Regards,
> Peter.
> On 14/06/2015 11:28 AM, Peter wrote:
>> Dawid,
>> It's possible, but:
>>   1. It requires breaking changes to replace java.rmi.* classes (mostly
>>      interfaces and exceptions).
>>   2. A codebase annotation schema that allows different client
>>      platforms to select the correct codebase for their platform.
>> Then, yes we could have a platform that supports both Java and
>> Android, however it wouldn't be backward compatible with Jini.
>> The challenge isn't technical, the challenge is getting the community
>> on board.
>>> Hi All,
>>> Peter Firmstone obviously looked at this about 5 years ago, and even
>>> raised a support question
>>> <https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21topic/android-platform/mxCM91oQDjo>
>>> with Google in terms of
>>> making certain java.rmi.* classes available on the platform.
>>> I was wondering, has anything happened since then? What are the
>>> prospects of getting River to work on the Dalvik VM?
>>> I imagine there are many potential issues around code downloading
>>> (classloading) and security, but the mobile devices world is ripe for
>>> River, or something like it.
>>> warm regards,
>>> Dawid Loubser

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