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Q: Is the BCEL thread-safe?
A: BCEL was (deliberately) not designed for thread safety. See "Concurrent Programming in Java", by Doug Lea, for an excellent reference on how to build thread-safe wrappers.

Q: Can I use BCEL in a commercial product?
A: Yes, this is covered by the Apache License, if you add a note about the original author and where to find the sources, i.e., this URL.

Q: (Typically for users of Xalan (XSLTC)) I'm getting

    ClassGenException: Branch target offset too large for short
when compiling large files.
A: The answer lies in internal limitations of the JVM, branch instruction like goto can not address offsets larger than a short integer, i.e. offsets >= 32767.
The solution is to split the branch into in intermediate hops, which the XSLTC obviously doesn't take care off. (In fact you could replace gotos with the goto_w instruction, but this would help in the other cases).

Q: Can I create or modify classes dynamically with BCEL?
A: BCEL contains useful classes in the util package, namely ClassLoader and JavaWrapper. Take a look at the ProxyCreator example.

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