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    Default Reading contents of another window

    Is it possible to read the text contents of another program's window? In C one can use hwnd handle to manage a window, does Java offer any similar support?


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    Default Re: Reading contents of another window

    No, you can't write spyware in Java.

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    Default Re: Reading contents of another window

    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl.Burke View Post
    No, you can't write spyware in Java.

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    Who said anything about spyware? I just it need for a monitoring tool.

    So this isn't possible in java?

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    Default Re: Reading contents of another window

    Any access to a program in a way that it wasn't designed for and for which it doesn't expose a public API qualifies as spyware. Many monitoring tools are in fact spyware.

    And regardless of what name you give it, you can't write spyware in Java. At least, not without going through the extremely complicated and roundabout -- and unreliable -- route of screen captures and OCR. And before you ask, no, there isn't an open source Java OCR implementation I know of.

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    Default Re: Reading contents of another window

    Okay.
    I'll ask something else then. Is there a way to monitor system calls? More specifically can I know which files a program is using at a certain time? (by monitoring the read call)

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    Default Re: Reading contents of another window

    Spammer WPThomas reported.

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    Default Re: Reading contents of another window

    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl.Burke View Post
    Spammer WPThomas reported.

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    Was I supposed to understand something from this?

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    Was I supposed to understand something from this?
    No. A spammer tried to highjack your post. Darryl.Burke reported him/her and their post was deleted.

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    Yup. Would be nice if they deleted the post reporting spam at the same time (that's what they do over at the Oracle forums)

    And thanks to the Admins for deleting the spam!

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