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HTTPRequest.setAttribute() question

Posted on 2000-03-02
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
My JSP generates a page which contains a frameset.  The frameset has two sources which are both jsp.  My question is how do I pass objects from the jsp, that generates frameset, to the two jsp sources using the setAttribute method of the HTTPRequest.

By the way, I'm employing the model view controller design pattern.

Thanx in advance.

Question by:jerch

Expert Comment

ID: 2575672
I am not sure if you implement the interface java.io.serializable for your class(or object).

Expert Comment

ID: 2575988
You should actually work with a Session. In the JSP generating the frameset, you will have:

// create a session
HttpSession session = request.getSession(true);

// store the object in the session
// here, a date, stored under the "date"
// key
session.putValue("date", new Date());

To collect the Date object from the other JSPs, you write:

// get the session
HttpSession session = request.getSession();

// get the date
Date date = (Date)session.getValue("date");

Tell me if this is an answer.

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ID: 2576011
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Author Comment

ID: 2576118
I have considered using session but the data I'm want to pass is only within the scope of a request. For example, the data I'm passing is a list of results from a query.  What if the user has multiple windows.  If I use session, the data will be mixed up, which means the other window will the result of the other query instead of its own. Actually, the session solution is what we used in our previous project but we found out that there's this limitation for multiple windows.  
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Expert Comment

ID: 2579076
browser send sends one HTTP request for main page and one HTTP request for each Frame (which is just anothe HTML document). so you can't use setAttribute (different requests) - the only possible solution is to use session. (or you can redesign your UI with tables - Frames sucks :)

Author Comment

ID: 2579410
do you know any design alternative without changing the ui?  I'm planning to use a unique id to identify which object to get in the session.

<frame name="wmailmenu" src="http://site.com/jsp/myjsp.jsp?id=<generated for a specific piece of data>>

Do you think this is a good solution?  By the way, what should be the method type of the jsp (post or get?)

thanx in advance....

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Accepted Solution

heyhey_ earned 100 total points
ID: 2579846
this is the only alternative (in fact it works almost the same was as web sessions with 'URL rewriting') - and yes - it's good solution.
the request type is GET.


Author Comment

ID: 2580083
thanx heyhey
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Expert Comment

ID: 2580508
Thank you :)

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