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java & endianness [Re: Binary tx format for an array?]

From: Marc Herbert <Marc(dot)Herbert(at)continuent(dot)com>
To: pgsql-jdbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: java & endianness [Re: Binary tx format for an array?]
Date: 2006-07-10 09:19:44
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Mark Lewis <mark(dot)lewis(at)mir3(dot)com> writes:

> Java tried so hard to hide endianness from you that it didn't provide
> any real support for those times when you DO need to be aware of it. 

Could you give sample cases when you DO need it? I don't think that
many people write hardware drivers in Java ;-)

I don't think network communication qualifies either, see below.

> So the "convention" looks kind of like this (snipped from the PG JDBC
> driver):
>     public void SendInteger4(int val) throws IOException
>     {
>         SendChar((val >> 24)&255);
>         SendChar((val >> 16)&255);
>         SendChar((val >> 8)&255);
>         SendChar(val&255);
>     }

This code is like copied/pasted from the JDK:

 * @since   JDK1.0

Any reason for duplicating it in the driver?

> There finally were endian-aware buffer operations added in JDK 1.4, 

Could you detail which ones? Thanks in advance.

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