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Help: ClassLoader and Casting??

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I need to load a different version of a class than what is being used
by the overall system. My test code works fine for loading the class,
but fails when I try to cast the Object. For example, the following
throws a java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError when trying to cast.

public class URLTester
public static void main( String args[] ) throws Exception
// Create an array of URLs
// From directory name specified as args[0]
URL urlList[] = {new File( args[ 0 ] ).toURL()};

// Create a URLClassLoader
ClassLoader loader = new URLClassLoader( urlList );
// Thread.currentThread().setContextClassLoader( loader );

// Load class from class loader
// Use args[1] as class name
Class c = loader.loadClass( args[ 1 ] );

// Create an instance of the class just loaded
Object obj = c.newInstance();

// This fails with a NoClassDefFoundError
Tester tester = (Tester)obj;

My hunch is that the system ClassLoader is doing the casting. I've
tried, with no success, to add
Thread.currentThread().setContextClassLoader( loader ) to change the
thread's ClassLoader.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

-- John
Jul 17 '05 #1
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