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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: The contract of Request.get() ?
Date Mon, 12 Jul 2004 08:24:20 GMT
Carsten Ziegeler wrote:

>It seems to me that the contract of the get() method on the 
>Request object is not defined very well.

To say the least ;-)

>The javadoc says:
>    /**
>     * Returns the value of the named attribute as an <code>Object</code>,
>     * or <code>null</code> if no attribute of the given name exists.
>     */
>So, from this I would conclude that it's the same as getAttribute(name),
>so it's superfluous.
>In fact, the CLI Request object does implement it in this way.
>But :) the http request implementation, does the following:
>    if (req instanceof MultipartHttpServletRequest) {
>        return ((MultipartHttpServletRequest) req).get(name);
>    } else {
>        // This is a shortened version of the exact code:
>        return req.getParameterValues(name);
>    }
>So, this implementation is not about attributes at all! Looking through
>our code, it seems get() is used whenever it comes to handle an uploaded

We can consider that the contract of get() is to return request 
*parameters* (and not attributes) in an object form when special 
processing has been made on these parameters. And the only parameters 
that currently have a special processing are file uploads.

>I think we should correct the javadocs and the implementation for the CLI.

+1. As uploads have no meaning for CLI, this should be same as 


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