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From "Michael Nicholson" <>
Subject OT: How to handle requests in quick sessions / possible thread issue
Date Thu, 10 Oct 2002 15:52:38 GMT
So, this is my first project where I need to manage a large number of concurrent requests.
 And, to make things worse, most of my previous experience in programming is Visual Basic
for Applications running in either Excel or Access.  (Don't worry, it gets more on topic...)

So, I now have an Oracle backend that's supposed to be accessed by jsps and servlets.  Which
works.  However, if a user gets impatient (I know, it never happens, but just in case!), then
while the database is doing it's thing, the java process receives a new request and starts
a new thread, right?  But this is a problem in that it stops responding.  Entirely.  I don't
know if this means that my db connection got closed midway through the second process (which
should now have the request and response instances that my browser wants back), and therefore
it's sitting there going "which way did it go, which way did it go" (you have to imagine the
silly cartoon voice), or what.  And I don't really know that connection pooling will help.

Now, more experinced minds than mine have solved this before.  Most commercial/decent sites
seem to handle it fine:  do they simply interrupt the old process and then start a new one?
 Should the beginning of my db-routine have something like:

Connection con = null;  //to close any currently running process on this connection in this
} catch (crappyException ce) {
  handle it
}  finally  {
  if (con!=null)

Would that solve my problem?  Or do I need to let the first request finish itself and then
start a new one?  Any ideas?

Thanks for your time.

Michael Nicholson
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