Compiling the Example Programs

In a real-world scenario in which a service such as the compute engine is deployed, a developer would likely create a Java Archive (JAR) file that contains the Compute and Task interfaces for server classes to implement and client programs to use. Next, a developer, perhaps the same developer of the interface JAR file, would write an implementation of the Compute interface and deploy that service on a machine available to clients. Developers of client programs can use the Compute and the Task interfaces, contained in the JAR file, and independently develop a task and client program that uses a Compute service.

In this section, you learn how to set up the JAR file, server classes, and client classes. You will see that the client's Pi class will be downloaded to the server at runtime. Also, the Compute and Task interfaces will be downloaded from the server to the registry at runtime.

This example separates the interfaces, remote object implementation, and client code into three packages:

First, you need to build the interface JAR file to provide to server and client developers.

Building a JAR File of Interface Classes

First, you need to compile the interface source files in the compute package and then build a JAR file that contains their class files. Assume that user waldo has written these interfaces and placed the source files in the directory c:\home\waldo\src\compute on Windows or the directory /home/waldo/src/compute on Solaris OS or Linux. Given these paths, you can use the following commands to compile the interfaces and create the JAR file:

Microsoft Windows:

cd c:\home\waldo\src
javac compute\ compute\
jar cvf compute.jar compute\*.class

Solaris OS or Linux:

cd /home/waldo/src
javac compute/ compute/
jar cvf compute.jar compute/*.class