Java Programming: JNA vs. JNI on Windows

Some developers used JNA to call native C/C++ interfaces of Dynamsoft Barcode Reader in Java program. The app ran slowly and sometimes crashed. Based on the use case, I created a simple project for building JNA and JNI on Windows. The sample does not only show how to invoke native code but also share how to check the Java thread stack size and solve the stack overflow issue on Windows.

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How to Package JNI Shared Library into Jar File

The article is not about how to create Java native methods invoking C/C++ APIs. It aims to help developers to build a jar package containing JNI shared library, made with Dynamsoft Barcode Reader, for Windows, Linux, and macOS from scratch. I will demonstrate how to create JNI shared libraries with CMake, as well as how to package class files and shared libraries into jar files with Eclipse and Maven.

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How to Create Java Barcode Reader on Linux with JNI

A few days ago, Dynamsoft Labs released Barcode Reader SDK for Linux. The SDK package provides two shared libraries for C/C++ programming. If you want to write code with high-level programming languages such as Java, you need to create a wrapper. In this post, I will illustrate how to build a simple Java barcode reader on Ubuntu with JNI (Java Native Interface) from scratch.

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How to Benchmark Barcode SDK Performance – ZXing vs ZBar

I saw many posts arguing the performance winner between open-source barcode SDKs – ZXing and ZBar. As an engineer, who is developing commercial barcode reader software for Dynamsoft, I am curious about which open source project is better, ZXing or ZBar? Considering ZXing is implemented in Java, whereas ZBar is implemented in C/C++. To fairly compare their performance, I decided to use JNI to wrap ZBar C/C++ source code and benchmark them in a Java program.

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How to Make Java Barcode Reader with Dynamsoft Barcode SDK

Last week, Dynamsoft released Barcode Reader (DBR) SDK v2.0, which is available for Windows and Mac. The Windows installer contains Barcode libraries for ActiveX, C/C++, and .NET. If you are a Java developer, you have to use JNI to link native C/C++ libraries. In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to invoke the native methods of Dynamsoft Barcode SDK via JNI to create a Java Barcode Reader.

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Uploading and Storing Images in MongoDB via Web Browser

MongoDB is known as a NoSQL database, which uses a JSON-like document structure by key-value pairs. Comparing to the relational database like MySQL, MongoDB is easier and more scalable. Especially when processing big and complex data, MongoDB can perform faster and better. In this tutorial, let’s take a glimpse of how to upload and save scanned images to MongoDB.

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Wrapping C++ OCR Library in Java

Dynamsoft OCR SDK is totally implemented in C++, which means it is easy to be wrapped in high-level programming languages, such as C#, Java, Python and so on. As a proprietary development SDK, so far, only .NET OCR library is available for commercial use. Because some of developers and users are hoping that Dynamsoft could provide a Java OCR library, I wrapped the C++ OCR library for test. Anyone can feel free to use the sample, and I’d like to receive feedbacks from you.

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Getting Started with JNI on Android, Windows and Mac

Java Native Interface (JNI) is the glue between Java and native code such as C, C++, and assembly. With JNI, Java applications are capable of supporting platform-specific features. JNI enables developers to call low-level APIs (e.g. SQL, OpenGL etc.) to make Java application more powerful with higher performance. For example, we can download a JDBC driver, and unzip the jar package to take an insight. The driver is not written in pure Java. It also contains native libraries for Linux, Mac, and Windows.


Since JNI is so useful, I’d like to share how to get started with JNI on Android, Windows, and Mac.

JNI on Android

Download NDK and configure the location in Eclipse:

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Create a new project named hellojni. To automatically generate the native C/C++ code and configuration file, you just need to right-click on your project and select Add Native Support:


After that, a JNI project will be automatically generated. To build the shared library, you just need to implement JNI methods in C/C++, and add configurations in


When you save all changes, the shared library will be automatically generated. You can also build the library by typing in ndk-build.ndk_build

JNI on Windows

Create a Win32 project named hellojni in Visual Studio:

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