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Okay, so I keep getting stuck with the class initialization. It is very complex and the initialization work is just going to be duplicated twice in the kernel itself. I think what I need is a generic ClassLoader which can use any kind of interface to access stored JAR data or something in memory. I think this would be the best solution... have an interface for the ClassLoader which can read raw memory. Then it could be shared within the kernel itself for loading and a bootstrap.


I think what I need to do is actually take advantage of the Java compiler and such. I need to have annotations on code instructions.


Java 7 lacks annotations on type parameters though and it would violate the specification to have them, but there are other ways to do it.


I was walking and I was thinking. The main question I asked was: "How do you dynamically initialize the kernel and the run-time to be as simple as possible and not require heavy VM lifting on it?". So I just had this idea, I know my current work is trying to initialize a ROM that is built from single parts. It is looking rather complicated to initialize the class data, to initialize any strings, and to initialize the constant pools recursively for every possible class that might be used by the kernel's execution path. I do know that going through the constant pool and doing lookups is quite complicated. I need to initialize the VTables, the pools, and everything else about the class. I think it would be easiest to pre-initialize everything I absolutely know about a class within the JAR at its combination time. Due to how libraries and such work, this information cannot be included in every JAR. So this begs the question, how do I reduce the very big and complex potential duplication of everything. I got past the compiler and it works, but I am rather stuck with it and how it works. I would very very likely end up exactly where I am now with the same result. So how do I solve this problem? How do I get through this?


Okay I had an idea. What if I did staged dynamic linking. Basically like a rocket going off... The rocket cannot reach space on a single stage so it needs multiple stages in order to work. What if just in the boot ROM the only thing that was initialized was the constant pool of every class. If I know where something is statically method wise, like I know its position within the JAR file. But when it comes to fields and such, I do not exactly know where the offsets are. The main important thing that I know that must exist are the static methods. I think I might be able to get away with a sweeping initialization of sorts for the constant pool. So this means that there must always be at the start of the constant pool, a reference to the pool pointer for the current class. Not sure how to integrate it since it is kind of an egde though but it is something popping into my head. But effectively once I know the positions of all the static methods. I can perform more initialization routines as needed.


So in the boot class, there must be initialized constant pools with all the various values and such. However instead of going crazy and initializing every possible thing about the constant pool at JAR link time, instead it will only handle STRING which will just be pointers in the ROM to the string data and not used strings (too complicated), then the other initialized thing will be class indexes, or like {@code -1} if they are not defined yet, and then finally any InvokedMethod will have a pointer to it as well. Of course all the pool entries need to be recursively initialized but I can use the same strategy I was thinking of for the super complex initialization with the memory values and what is written where. Of course, field accesses for statics is going to be very important because I will want to store variables somewhere and I do want that to exist for the bootstrap process. So this just makes these things:

Not going to initialize INDEXED_METHOD because I do not exactly know where it could end up even though it would be known statically. So this will keep everything at the limitation of statics only.


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