Servlet argument passing

Hi all. How can I pass arguments between servlets? I read arguments from HTML forms, but I can't find any resources on passing between servlets. E.g. via the url string with the '?' part...

piouAsked:
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arunecCommented:
Hi,
You can use :

In your servlet1 :

session.setAttribute("Test1", Test1 );
session.setAttribute("Test2", Test2 );

In your servlet2 :

String l1 = (String)session.getAttribute("Test1");
String l2= (String)session.getAttribute("Test2");

or u can use RequestDispatcher

request.setAttribute("test1", test1);    
   
RequestDispatcher dispatcher =
getServletContext().getRequestDispatcher();
dispatcher.forward(request, response);

Regards,
arunec
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piouAuthor Commented:
Thanks arunec. I was looking for something more simple, related to the getQueryString() method. Is there any automation implemented? Or should I just build *manually* the URLs so that the contain a tail after the '?', and then process that with a StringTokenizer...?

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piouAuthor Commented:
Ok, I think I'm closer. There are these methods:

getQueryString()
getParameterNames()
getParameterValues()

But the API docs are not very clear on their usage. I think the answer lies around these methods, but I cannot find proper resources.

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grim_toasterCommented:
If you can avoid it, it is best to leave sessions out of the picture (unless there is one there already).

I would suggest looking into the ServletRequest interface methods setAttribute, getAttribute and getParameter, depending on your needs.  It would also be best to avoid writing your own code to deal with the query string, as there is already code availabel.

After you've set the value required to the request object, you can dispatch to the other servlet as stated by arunec.
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piouAuthor Commented:
It doesn't seem to work. Shouldn't I set the ServletResponse instead? But only the request has a setAttribute() method. Doesn't make sense...
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grim_toasterCommented:
You should be setting the attribute to the ServletRequest.  Ah, one slight problem with Arumec's code, when acquiring the request dispatcher you will need to specify the path of the resource you are trying to access:

request.setAttribute("name", "value");
RequestDispatcher dispatcher = getServletContext().getRequestDispatcher("/relative/path/servlet");
dispatcher.forward(request, response);

Then in the servlet you dispatch the call to, do:
String value = request.getAttribute("name");
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arunecCommented:
yaa, i missed the path in RequestDispatcher,thanx grim
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grim_toasterCommented:
No problem!  Oops, I also missed something in my code!  The request.getAttribute("name"); call returns an Object, this will need to be cast to a String.
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piouAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys. I hope grim has no problem for arunec to take the points, being first...
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grim_toasterCommented:
Nope, none whatsoever!  Sorry it's taken a while to reply!  I lost the link!
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