DLL Hell : Java Glossary


DLL Hell
DLL (Dynamic Link Library). This is the stupidest idea every foisted on the computing public. You can thank Microsoft for this lunacy and for the second stupidest idea, the registry. It started out well intentioned. If two different programs are using the same code, should they not share a common copy? DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries) also tend to stay loaded even after they are no longer necessary. Often this saves the effort of reloading them if they are used again soon. This is a Good Thing™. What went wrong? If you want to access code in a DLL from Java, you will need to write some JNI (Java Native Interface) glue.

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