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Getting a handle to a running application.

Tom Hughes
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Joined: Feb 09, 2002
Posts: 86
Does anyone know how to get a handle to a running application ? (i'm using win NT).
The reason I want to do this, is that I want to implement something like sendkeys in vb.
Now I can do this by executing a new version of the application every time and sending keys to its event queue, however this would result in the user having too many open windows.
In Vb you use AppActivate (String windowTitle), basically I need to be able to do something like this.
Chris Stehno
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Joined: Feb 26, 2001
Posts: 180
Thats an interesting problem... I have never heard of any means of doing this with straight Java; however, you may want to look into JNI (Java Native Interface). You could come up with a C/C++ library and then access it with JNI. Someone may have come up with a JNI for VB by now, I am not sure.
Hope this helps.

- Chris Stehno, SCPJ
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