Autodesk has finally added Java to Autocad in Release 14, albeit as a virtual machine (JVM) via Active X and not embedded.
Java interfaces with Autocad through the Autocad Active X object interface using a Microsoft Win32 virtual machine which comes as part of the Microsoft Visual J++ development environment.
Apart from Release 14, users will need the Java SDK for compiler and tools, and a library of Autocad Active X objects imported as Java classes.
The company argues that not all users need Java and integrating the JVM would have done them no favours. With a virtual machine, they can develop Web applications and create Java applets in or outside Autocad.
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