Mark Stephens I have been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and am a big NetBeans fan. I enjoy speaking at conferences. I have an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

Java is not Android

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Let’s repeat that ‘Java is not Android‘.

Many people think that because Android uses the same syntax as Java that it will run Java code. The problem is that a language consists just not of the syntax but what is built into the language. Simple Java programs will run in Android but lots of libraries are missing, especially the Swing and the Graphics2D libraries. So you would need to rewrite all your graphical code to make Java code run on Android. As rendering a PDF involves a lot of Graphics2D code, that makes converting a Java PDF viewer to Android a major task.

And that is why most Java code can not run on Android.

This post is part of our “Android Articles Index” series. In these articles, we aim to explore android in different ways. Have a look!

IDRsolutions develop a Java PDF Viewer and SDK, an Adobe forms to HTML5 forms converter, a PDF to HTML5 converter and a Java ImageIO replacement. On the blog our team post anything interesting they learn about.

Mark Stephens I have been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and am a big NetBeans fan. I enjoy speaking at conferences. I have an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

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