Working with 1D arrays from Ruby package in Java

This article provides an introduction to cross-technology handling of one-dimensional arrays. Data structures are one of the essential aspects of every piece of software. Any application constantly process various information, that very often require specific grouping and access strategies. This aspect is addressed by arrays and more advanced collection types. By using the Javonet framework, users gain ability to easily and effectively work with data structures originating from Ruby package. Every array from Ruby package is treated as reference.

Javonet allows you to reference and use modules or packages written in (Java/Kotlin/Groovy/Clojure, C#/VB.NET, Ruby, Perl, Python, JavaScript/TypeScript) like they were created in your technology. If have not yet created your first project check Javonet overview and quick start guides for your technology.

With Javonet you can interact with arrays from Ruby package like they were available in Java but invocation must be performed through Javonet SDK API.

Custom Ruby package with arrays handling

With Javonet it is possible to reference any custom Ruby package and interact with arrays declared on types defined within that module almost the same as with any other Java library.

Snippet below represents the sample code from Ruby package that has methods which return or process the arrays:

def get_1d_array
  return ["one", "two", "three", "four", "five"]
end

 def get_2d_array
   return [["S00", "S01"],["S10", "S11"]]
 end

def add_array_elements_and_multiply(my_array, my_value)
  return my_array.sum * my_value
end

Javonet SDK contains various methods to interact with arrays and consume the results in Java:

Get element of an 1D array from Ruby package in Java

// use activate only once in your app
Javonet.activate("your-license-key");

// create called runtime context
RuntimeContext calledRuntime = Javonet.inMemory().ruby();

// set up variables
String libraryPath = resourcesDirectory + "/TestClass.rb";
String className = "TestClass::TestClass";

// load custom library
calledRuntime.loadLibrary(libraryPath);

// get type from runtime
InvocationContext calledRuntimeType = calledRuntime.getType(className).execute();

// create type's instance
InvocationContext instance = calledRuntimeType.createInstance().execute();

// invoke instance's method
InvocationContext array = instance.invokeInstanceMethod("get_1d_array").execute();

// get index from array
InvocationContext response = array.getIndex(2).execute();

// get value from response
String result = (String) response.getValue();

// write result to console
System.out.println(result);

In the snippet above, get1DArray method is used to get reference to 1D array from Ruby package. Method getIndex is used to get element from the array.

Set element of an 1D array from Ruby package in Java

// use activate only once in your app
Javonet.activate("your-license-key");

// create called runtime context
RuntimeContext calledRuntime = Javonet.inMemory().ruby();

// set up variables
String libraryPath = resourcesDirectory + "/TestClass.rb";
String className = "TestClass::TestClass";

// load custom library
calledRuntime.loadLibrary(libraryPath);

// get type from runtime
InvocationContext calledRuntimeType = calledRuntime.getType(className).execute();

// create type's instance
InvocationContext instance = calledRuntimeType.createInstance().execute();

// invoke instance's method
InvocationContext array = instance.invokeInstanceMethod("get_1d_array").execute();

// set array's index
array.setIndex(4, "seven").execute();

// get index from array
InvocationContext response = array.getIndex(4).execute();

// get value from response
String result = (String) response.getValue();

// write result to console
System.out.println(result);

In the snippet above, get1DArray method is used to get reference to 1D array from Ruby package. Method setIndex is used to set element of the 1D array. First argument is index, second argument is new value.

Get size of an array from Ruby package in Java

// use activate only once in your app
Javonet.activate("your-license-key");

// create called runtime context
RuntimeContext calledRuntime = Javonet.inMemory().ruby();

// set up variables
String libraryPath = resourcesDirectory + "/TestClass.rb";
String className = "TestClass::TestClass";

// load custom library
calledRuntime.loadLibrary(libraryPath);

// get type from runtime
InvocationContext calledRuntimeType = calledRuntime.getType(className).execute();

// create type's instance
InvocationContext instance = calledRuntimeType.createInstance().execute();

// invoke instance's method
InvocationContext array = instance.invokeInstanceMethod("get_1d_array").execute();

// get array's size
InvocationContext response = array.getSize().execute();

// get value from response
Integer result = (Integer) response.getValue();

// write result to console
System.out.println(result);

In the snippet above, get1DArray method is used to get reference to 1D array from Ruby package. Method getSize is used to get number of elements of the array.

The same operation can be performed remotely by just changing the new Runtime Context invocation from in memory to tcp that will create and interact with your Ruby package objects on any remote node, container or service that hosts Javonet Code Gateway. This way you can preserve the same logic in your application and instantly switch between monolithic and microservices architecture without the need to implement the integration layer based on web services or other remote invocation methods.

Read more about use cases and software architecture scenarios where Javonet runtime bridging technology can support your development process.