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Getting Started

Screenshot of a JavaSh session

For this brief introduction you have to open a javash session and try the examples. Let's start!

With javash you can combine system programs that uses stdout and stdin and joolets (cmdlets of javash) through pipes. Examples:

jash$ ls (joolet)
-hrw- Tue May 13 15:09:33 CEST 2008 365 .project
-hrw- Sun May 11 19:24:49 CEST 2008 220 .classpath
d-rwx Thu May 22 14:29:52 CEST 2008 4096 CVS
--rw- Thu May 22 17:13:44 CEST 2008 56 TODO.TXT
--rw- Mon May 26 12:10:53 CEST 2008 25 launcher.bat
--rw- Thu May 22 15:56:25 CEST 2008 694 LICENSE.TXT
d-rwx Mon May 26 16:11:02 CEST 2008 4096 jooscripts
jash$ ls (joolet) | grep .TXT (native program)
jash$ ls (joolet) | grep .TXT | sort (native commands)
The object passed through pipes is 'pobj' (PipedObject) and contains a list of objects.

When a native program is called, pobj is analysed and modified to be used on standard output. From standard input, instead. is read and encapsulated a new pobj for the next command. This makes possible to use millions of native programs without transform them into joolets...

You can also save the result of a pipe for reuse it later. JavaSh can serialize pobj in binary, xml or pure text form. Examples:

jash$ sysinfo
Java Runtime: Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment
Java Version: 1.6.0_03-b05
Os Name: Linux
Os Version:
Os Arch: i386
User: tuono
jash$ sysinfo | >xml sysinfo.xml
jash$ <xml sysinfo.xml | objgrep 'Os Arch'
Os Arch: i386
Javash (with the java 6 ScriptingEngines) supports scripting in many languages, in inline or interactive mode, or it may serve as an interpreter for a script file.
The default script language is Javascript but you can add many more languages (like groovy, jruby, jython and other).

Inline mode:

jash$ @ println("ciao"); @
jash$ @
>>> var count=5;
>>> while(count>0) {
>>> print("*");
>>> count--;
>>> } @
jash$ ls | @
>>> ShellConsole.println(pobj.toString());
>>> @

In last example you can see that inline script can be piped and can have access to shell classes (or modify pobj)... It's very cool, isn't it?

Interactive scripting is also possible. This is a scripting session with groovy:

jash$ scriptengine groovy
jash$ interactive
groovy> println "hello world"
hello world
groovy> x = 1
groovy> println x*5
groovy> fullString = ""
groovy> orderParts = ["BUY", 200, "Hot Dogs", "1"]
groovy> orderParts.each {
>>> fullString += it + " "
>>> }
groovy> println fullString
BUY 200 Hot Dogs 1
groovy> exit

Ok, That's all folks! See joolets and scripting for more information about JavaSh, and whoami for info about the author...