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Is it possible to use Java to dynamically send streams of info to construct a web page real time?

In other words, instead of constructing an html doc file with java and then loading that into the browser, can I send the html constructs directly to the browser as a stream of data?
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by:Michel Plungjan
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In Netscape it is quite easy:
(example from JavaScript the definitive guide 3rd)

JSObject jsroot = JSObject.getWindow(this);
jsroot.eval("top.frames[1].document.open()");
jsroot.eval("top.frames[1].document.write('Hello from Java')");
jsroot.eval("top.frames[1].document.close()");

THe Hello from Java can of course be any string you have already created.

To do the same in IE, you will need to deconstruct the Netscape JSObject and pack it with your applet.

Michel
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PS: You will need point your classpath to .....Netscape/.../java.../ when you compile your applet,
and the applet tag needs to include the MAYSCRIPT attribute:
<APPLET .......... MAYSCRIPT>

Michel
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by:seguret
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If you mean write a server in java that dynamicly constructs web pages, Yes, it's easy. You can do this with servlets. Of course, if you don't include javascript in your pages, every browser can be used.
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I think seguret's answer is more on track of what I was thinking. I don't want to have to depend on JavaScript, just plain Java. Can this servlet act as a CGI program? Lets say I have a form on my html page. When I submit I want my java program (CGI program?) to evaluate the info and dynamically construct a new html response by outputing some type of stream to the browser. I don't know how to do this. Using servlets?
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It's better to use servlets if you're needing multi-threading, request analyse, remote administration, or if you want to place your program by an internet provider (some providers accept them and consider thy're more secure than CGI).
But servlets have problems : they're difficult to debug (all serious servlet servers have their own class loader), servlet servers are often (all?) buggy. It's not adapted to very big applications.
If you want to make something very simple (like a counter), you may use a small code of your own, it's not so hard (I wrote it) because the HTTP protocol is simple. In this case you won't need any piece of software other than your VM.
The third option is to use another service server (I mean not written upon the servlet standard). We wrote such a program in my company(INGENIA). But that's a big developpement.
Today, there are two serious (they even offer SSL) servlet servers:
 - the one of Sun, Java Web Server.
 - JRUN, from LiveSoftware

P.S. If you want I to write a simple dynamic web-server (no multi-thread, no session, no nothing but some indications on how to add them and no need of any other software), upgrade your question to 'hard' and I'll take the time to do it.

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by:Michel Plungjan
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Any server based program in any language that can be run from a command line on the web server's platform can create html on the fly using cgi conventions. Java is not imperative - even dos BAT files can create html. Just a matter of sending
Content-type: text/html
plus two carriage returns plus any html you want.

When you asked about Java, I thought you wanted an applet to write html it had created to a frame in the browser.

Michel
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