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From "James Mitchell" <>
Subject Re: caching of message resources when using bean:message tag
Date Tue, 01 Mar 2005 01:07:31 GMT
Yes, I have also written a database implementation or three ;)

In addition to this one, I have also written several impls for 
commons-resources (which Struts will be moving to very soon).  There were 
license issues so I had to host them elsewhere (same link above) but I 
haven't released these as of yet.  That's on my todo list ;)

The workaround for Struts 1.1 and 1.2.x is to clear the hashmap of formatted 
messages.  Look at org.apache.struts.util.MessageResources#getMessage(Locale 
locale, String key, Object args[]).

In that method you'll see where if the formatted message (param replacement 
already done) is found, then that is returned.  That certainly is a nice way 
to speed up things, but the impl fails to make that configurable, so you are 
just stuck with it :(

My impl simply does formats.clear() on each call to getMessage(), so, in 
effect, unless the very next call to your getMessage() is asking for the 
last one you just gave it, the cache is (basically) disabled.

You also might consider implementing your own cache or taking advantage of 
caching available via O/R Mapping tools like Hibernate.

James Mitchell
Software Engineer / Open Source Evangelist
EdgeTech, Inc.
AIM: jmitchtx

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "G√ľnther Wieser" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 5:57 PM
Subject: caching of message resources when using bean:message tag


we are using struts version 1.2.4 and we implemented our own
MessageResources and MessageResourceFactory. we needed to have a database
based system for managing message resources for different locales so that we
can change valued on the fly without the need to restart the app.
these implementation work quite well, but we found one issue when using
<bean:message key="whatever"/>:
it seems that the message with the key "whatever" gets cached somewhere. the
first call to this bean with key="whatever" results in a getMessage() call
to our implementation of MessageResources. the message gets delivered and
inserted into the JSP.
but all further calls to the message tag do NOT query
MessageResources.getMessage(), so we assume that the message value is cached

what we see from the source code of the message tag is that
TagUtils.message() is called. so far we haven't found anything that caches
in TagUtils. and there's no caching in the message tag..

anyone an idea where the caching takes place?
am i missing something fundamentally when i assume that it's possible (with
my own implementation of MessageResources) to change message resources in
struts dynamically during runtime?


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