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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: Q about RequestDispatcher
Date Wed, 27 Sep 2000 23:35:12 GMT
Christian Cryder wrote:

> Hi folks,
> My question is this: With the removal of ServletContext.getContext(), it
> looks like the only way to dispatch a req to a servlet is to use the
> RequestDispatcher interface. Is this correct? If so, here's my problem...
> I'm looking for a way to forward requests to servlets which are implemented
> as inner classes. There is no way to do this through the RequestDispatcher
> interface, because it will not be able to find/instantiate the inner class
> implementation.
> Now, I _can_ instantiate the inner classes myself (ie. whenever the parent
> servlet that contains them is instantiated) and then just invoke the
> service() method on them, but I have a feeling that I should really be going
> through the RequestDispatcher.
> So...
> 1. What are the implications of invoking service() directly instead of going
> through the RequestDispatcher?
> 2. What would it take to make it possible for RequestDispatcher to find
> inner class instances that implement Servlet?
> 3. Is ther any mechanism to provide a custom RequestDispatcher which could
> find/dispatch to inner classes?
> 4. Do you have any other suggestions as to how I might be able to invoke
> inner classes that implement the Servlet interface?
> As to why I'm trying to do this in the first place: I'm experimenting with
> an event handling framework, and am trying to see if I can mirror the 1.1
> event model used by Swing, where inner classes are used extensively.

I think one of the issues is going to be that you need a public constructor for
the servlet container to instantiate a servlet class dynamically, and inner
classes probably don't have one.

When looking at what you're trying to do, is there a particular reason that
event handlers have to be servlets?  What about routing all the requests through
a controller servlet that instantiates event handler instances of some
appropriate class as needed (based on the request URI or whatever)?  These
handlers could be inner classes of the controlling servlet, or they could be
standard top level classes.

This approach is pretty much what "model 2" oriented frameworks (like Struts)

> Thanks much,
> Christian

Craig McClanahan

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