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From Wendy Smoak <>
Subject RE: URGENT: getting a Session Attribute from ActionForm
Date Fri, 21 Nov 2003 16:39:31 GMT
> From: [] 
> My aim is to get a session Attribute called as "userinfo" in 
> the ActionForm.
> In the ActionForm i have  methods called 
> getAddress,getAddress1,getAddress2.
> These are all addresses of this person. So what i want to do 
> is, if all
> the info is already present in the db, i want to pre-populate 
> it.If not
> the user should beable to fill out the form.
> In my getAddress() method i want to do something like this
> public Address getAddress(){
>   Userinfo userinfo = session.getAttribute("userinfo");

IMO, this does not belong in the ActionForm.  It's the right thing to
do, wrong place.  

You do this in the *Action*.  In the execute method, you look in the
session and see if there's a userinfo attribute, if there is, you
populate the form bean and then forward to the JSP.

The ActionForm is just a container, it should not "know" about the
session or the Action.

Wendy Smoak
Application Systems Analyst, Sr.
ASU IA Information Resources Management 

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