Time for action – allocating an object with JNI

Let's define a background Watcher that will use an object shared between Java and C/C++ as a lock:

  1. In Store.java, add two new methods to start and stop a watcher thread. These methods respectively return and take a long as parameter. This value helps us hold a native pointer on the Java side:
    public class Store implements StoreListener {
        ...
        public native long startWatcher();
        public native void stopWatcher(long pPointer);
    }
  2. Create a new file, StoreThreadSafe.java. The StoreThreadSafe class inherits from the Store class and aims at making the Store instances thread-safe using synchronized Java blocks. Declare a static member field LOCK of type Object and define a default constructor:
    package com.packtpub.store; ...

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