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From Steve Downey <>
Subject RE: cvs commit: jakarta-tomcat-4.0/jasper/src/share/org/apache/ja sper
Date Wed, 07 Feb 2001 16:38:20 GMT
Placing all generated servlet classes into the same package only works if
the loader cooperates. If the container does not use a separate, special,
classloader for each page, it will not be able to distinguish the different
instances of MyJSP.class, or in my case of index.class. 

That implies that the command line compiler must produce distinguishable
class names for each jsp that is produced, as it is a requirement that the
servlet class be portable among containers, as long as support classes the
jsp implementation depends on are packaged in the WAR file (section 2.1.5
Compiling JSP Pages). The interface contract is supposed to be the only
dependency between the container and the servlet.

Following on to this, I would prefer that the classes that the command line
compiler and the runtime compiler, differ as little as possible. It should
be possible to make them identical. That way, the code that is developed and
tested can be identical to the code that is shipped to QA and to production.

-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn Nielsen []
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: cvs commit:

Mel Martinez wrote:
> The package naming solution I've opt'ed for in my own
> enhancement to Jasper (which I'll gladly share) is to
> derive package names that are related to the location
> of the jsp relative to the server context.  This is
> simple, flexible and should avoid collisions.

There is no need for all this complexity to generate a package name
in the new Jasper.  The way jasper now loads jsp pages, each page is
completely isolated from all other pages.  Every jsp page compiled 
could be a class named "org.apache.jsp.MyJSP" without
any concern whatsoever about conflicts because each individual page
has its own class loader.  I will modify the current jasper class loader
to support putting the jsp pages in a package, but this is just to comply
with the JSP 1.2 spec.

All of the previous code in jasper to do all the package and class name
mangling was to overcome the limitations of how the Jasper class loader
for jsp pages was designed.

The new jasper makes it very easy to find and view the java source for
a translated jsp page, it is located in 



Glenn Nielsen    | /* Spelin donut madder    |
MOREnet System Programming               |  * if iz ina coment.      |
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