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Hi Experts;

I'm new in JSP but not in Java. I have a webserver for my JSP, now I created
a simple forum which temporarily displays the message in the other TextArea what
I wanna do is to be able to write those messages into a file and read them back
like a normal forum.

How can I do this in jsp here are my html codes :

<html>
<head>
<title>::: GuestBook :::</title>
</head><body>

<!--JavaScript to filter certain words !-->
<script language="javascript" src="Codes.js"></script>

<center><form name="frmx">
<br><br><br>
<font face="arial" size="3" color="black">
<b>Thank you for visiting !</b></font>
<br><font face="arial" size="2"><br>
Pls. Take a moment to sign this guessbook<br>
Always hoping for your next visit thanks.<br><br>
Name : <input type=field name="fld1" cols="30"><br><br>
<textarea name="txt1" cols="30" rows="8">
</textarea><br>Previous Comments :<br>
<textarea readonly name="txt2" cols="30" rows="8"></textarea><br><br>
<input type="button" name="cmdbtn1" onclick="testMe()" value="Sign the Guestbook">
<input type="button" name="cmdbtn2" onclick="clearMe()" value="Clear Me">
</form></center>
</body>
</html>

Hoping for your responce :
simple21
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by:rrz
ID: 10905786
You can use the following,  if you are using JSSE 1.4      
FileWriter fw = new FileWriter(filename,true);
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by:simple21
ID: 10906109
I tried this but it does not work :

<html>
<head>
<title>::: GuestBook :::</title>
</head><body>

<script language="javascript" src="Codes.js"></script>
<center><form name="frmx">
<br><br><br>
<font face="arial" size="3" color="black">
<b>Thank you for visiting !</b></font>
<br><font face="arial" size="2"><br>
Pls. Take a moment to sign this guessbook<br>
Always hoping for your next visit thanks.<br><br>
Name : <input type=field name="fld1" cols="30"><br><br>
<textarea name="txt1" cols="30" rows="8">
</textarea><br>Previous Comments :<br>
<textarea readonly name="txt2" cols="30" rows="8"></textarea><br><br>
<input type="button" name="cmdbtn1" onclick="testMe()" value="Sign the Guestbook">
<input type="button" name="cmdbtn2" onclick="clearMe()" value="Clear Me">
</form></center>

<%@ page import="java.io.*"%>
<%
  String text = request.getParameter("txt1");
  try {
    FileWriter fw = new FileWriter(System.getProperty("user.dir") + "\\Sample.txt", true);
    fw.write(text);
    fw.flush();
    fw.close();
  }
  catch (IOException ioe) {
    out.println(ioe.toString());
  }
%>

</body>
</html>

How to a write the file after pressing the cmdbtn1 button?
What em I doing wrong ?
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by:objects
ID: 10906493
i'd implement the writing of the file in a servlewt and have your jsp form call that servlet.
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by:sudhakar_koundinya
sudhakar_koundinya earned 80 total points
ID: 10906757
i THINK YOU ARE EXPECTING SOME THING LIKE THIS.




<%@ page import="java.io.*"%>
<html>
<head>
<title>::: GuestBook :::</title>
</head><body>

<%!
   public String GetText(String file)
   {
         try
         {
            FileInputStream fin=new FileInputStream(file);
            if(fin.available()>0)
         {
            byte array[]=new byte[fin.available()];
            fin.read(array);
            fin.close();
            return new String(array);
         }
         else
         {
               return "";
         }
         }
         catch(Exception ex)
         {
               return "";
         }

   }
%>
<%
String textPath=getServletContext().getRealPath("/Sample.txt");
%>


<%
  String text = request.getParameter("txt1");
 String text2 = request.getParameter("fld1");
 if(text2==null) text2="Unknown";
 if(text==null)
text=  "";
text=text.trim();

{
  try {
        String text1=GetText(textPath).trim();

      FileOutputStream fout=new FileOutputStream(textPath);
      text=(text1+"\r\n"+text2 +" Says :"+text+"\r\n");
    fout.write(text.getBytes());
    fout.close();
  }
  catch (IOException ioe) {
    out.println(ioe.toString());
  }
  }
%>

<script language="javascript" src="Codes.js"></script>
<center><form name="frmx" action="a.jsp" method="post">
<br><br><br>
<font face="arial" size="3" color="black">
<b>Thank you for visiting !</b></font>
<br><font face="arial" size="2"><br>

Pls. Take a moment to sign this guessbook<br>
Always hoping for your next visit thanks.<br><br>
Name : <input type=field name="fld1" cols="30"><br><br>
<textarea name="txt1" cols="30" rows="8" >
</textarea><br>Previous Comments :<br>
<textarea readonly name="txt2" cols="30" rows="8" value=''><%=text%></textarea><br><br>

<input type="submit" name ="submit" value "submit">
</form></center>




</body>
</html>
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by:rama_krishna580
rama_krishna580 earned 80 total points
ID: 10906994
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rrz earned 1760 total points
ID: 10907860
Here is some quick and dirty JSP. I just want to demonstrate my idea. Please ask us any follow up questions you have about this.   Depending on your system,you might(I did not) have to manually create  the "Sample.txt" file.  "Sample.txt" will be located in your context's root directory.      rrz

<%@ page import="java.io.*"%>
<%
  String text = request.getParameter("txt1");
  String name = request.getParameter("fld1");
  if(name==null||name.trim().equals(""))name="anonymous";
  if(text!=null&&!text.trim().equals("")){
      try{
          FileWriter fw = new FileWriter(new File(application.getRealPath("Sample.txt")), true);
                fw.write(name + ": " + text + "\r\n");
                fw.flush();
                fw.close();
         } catch (IOException ioe) {}
  }
%>
<html>
<head>
<title>::: GuestBook :::</title>
</head><body>
<center><form name="frmx">
<font face="arial" size="3" color="black">
<b>Thank you for visiting !</b></font>
<br><font face="arial" size="2"><br>
Pls. Take a moment to sign this guestbook<br/>
Always hoping for your next visit thanks.<br/>
Name : <input type=field name="fld1" cols="30"/><br/>
<textarea name="txt1" cols="30" rows="8"/></textarea><br/>
Previous Comments :<br/>
<textarea readonly name="txt2" cols="30" rows="8">
<jsp:include page="Sample.txt"/></textarea><br/><br/>
<input type="submit" name="cmdbtn1" value="Sign the Guestbook"/>
</form></center>
</body>
</html>
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by:simple21
ID: 10909852
rrz@871311;

Thanks but where do I put my Sample.txt ? I manually created it and put it on the same folder as my jsp file
it accepts the message but it doesnt display the message and it doesnt write the message in Sample.txt
I'm using Blazix as my Java Server, thanks.
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by:simple21
ID: 10909869
sudhakar_koundinya;

It did not work it gave me an error :

Error(s) in compiling C:\Software\Blazix\webfiles\test\job4\Sample.jsp
C:\Software\Blazix\jspdir\test\job4\Sample_jsp.java:71: cannot resolve symbol
symbol  : method getServletContext ()
location: class desisoft_jsp_Sample_jsp1082849647292
String textPath=getServletContext().getRealPath("/Sample.txt");
                ^
1 error
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by:rrz
rrz earned 1760 total points
ID: 10910053
>where do I put my Sample.txt ?  
I put it in my context's root folder. I am using Tomcat.
I used the following line to get it's path.
application.getRealPath("Sample.txt")  
This is where I put it.
Tomcat\webapps\myContext\Sample.txt  

I don't know anything about  Blazix    rrz
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by:rrz
ID: 10910097
>C:\Software\Blazix\webfiles\test\job4\Sample.jsp
Is "test"  your context ?  
If so, then put  Sample.txt in the test folder.    

>cannot resolve symbol
>symbol  : method getServletContext ()  
this is a servlet method that returns the "application" implicit JSP object.  
rrz
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Author Comment

by:simple21
ID: 10910255
>C:\Software\Blazix\webfiles\test\job4\Sample.jsp
>Is "test"  your context ?  

Its writing now but it does not display the word on the textarea
after submitting it. Its should display it right :

// This one should call it right but it doesnt ?
<textarea readonly name="txt2" cols="30" rows="8">
<jsp:include page="Sample.txt"/>

So, whats the problem ?

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by:objects
objects earned 80 total points
ID: 10910278
is Sample.txt in the same directory as your jsp?
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by:simple21
ID: 10910313
Haha I figured it out . . .
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by:objects
ID: 10910355
:)
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