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CODA Java Interface


The CODA Java interface consists of a Java package 'nl.stcorp.coda', containing several classes and methods that allow the user to easily access data inside product files.

The CODA Java interface contains a wrapping of the CODA C interface. The higher-level CODA functions as can be found in the IDL and MATLAB interfaces of CODA are not available.

The main difference between the C and the Java interfaces is that for Java a number of classes (Coda, Product, Cursor, and Type) have been defined to which the various functions are attached as methods (comparable to the similarly named structs at the C level). These methods are either static class methods (for global CODA functions not directly involving a data product), or instance methods (for CODA functions that are specific to a Product, a Cursor, or a Type, i.e. would take a pointer to such a struct as their first parameter in the C version).

In addition, the Java interface renames all functions and variables to be more Java-like (i.e. use 'camelCase'). The prefix that most of the C function names have ('coda_', 'coda_product_') have also been removed as redundant, because the methods now all exist in the scope of a particular Class that generally corresponds to that prefix (e.g. 'coda_init()' becomes 'Coda.init()', not 'Coda.coda_init()').

A final difference is that the error return codes of the C interface have been replaced by an exception mechanism at the Java layer. Most CODA methods need to be wrapped in a try-catch pair that tests for a CodaException occurrence. If something goes wrong, that exception will be thrown, its message containing the original CODA error message returned by the underlying C function.

The underlying CODA C interface API documentation remains the authoritative reference documentation source for CODA functionality. The Java API information provided here is basic and mainly serves to (a) document the method and parameter names, and (b) give information about those areas in which there is a significant difference between the C and Java interface other than what has already been described here. Documentation on the CODA enumerated types can also be found in the C API documentation.

CODA definition path

Note that in order to access products whose formats are defined using .codadef files, you should let CODA now where these .codadef files are stored. You can do this by using the nl.stcorp.coda.Coda::setDefinitionPath() or nl.stcorp.coda.Coda::setDefinitionPathConditional() functions, or you can set the CODA_DEFINITION environment variable. This environment variable should be a ':' separated (';' on Windows) list of absolute paths to directories containing .codadef files or absolute paths to .codadef files themselves (or a mix of those).


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