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Posted on 2004-04-28
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Hi all

basically im trying to convert a jsp page to a Servlet

the jsp uses the following code to get the Java bean

<jsp:useBean id="formHandler" class="temp.FormBean">
<jsp:setProperty name="formHandler" property="*"/>
</jsp:useBean>

I was wondering what the alternative is in a Servlet?
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Question by:KrisM82
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by:indigostark
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Inside the doPost() method of your servlet
do the following

//[A]
temp.FormBean formHandler = new temp.FormBean();
or
temp.FormBean myFormBean = (temp.FormBean)session.getAttrribute("formHandler");

//[B]
formHandler.set<attribute name 1>( myAttribute1 );
formHandler.set<attribute name 2>( myAttribute2 );
formHandlerset<attribute name 3>( myAttribute3 );

basically
//[A]
<jsp:useBean id="formHandler" class="temp.FormBean">
Either creates new instance of temp.FormBean or retrieves it from the session

//[B]
<jsp:setProperty name="formHandler" property="*"/>
Sets all your set attribute methods

so if you had an attribute called
private String name

then you will have a method called
setName( String newName);
 
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searlas earned 45 total points
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The setXXX methods are only executed if the bean had to be instantiated.  See:
http://java.sun.com/products/jsp/tags/11/syntaxref11.fm14.html

So, the equivalent code is something like:
temp.FormBean formHandler = (temp.FormBean) session.getAttribute("formHandler");
if (formHandler == null) {
  formHandler = new temp.FormBean();
  formHandler.setFoo(request.getParameter("foo"));
  formHandler.setBar(request.getParameter("bar"));
  ...
  session.setAttribute("formHandler", formHandler);
}


That's the hard-coded equivalent.  To use reflection to do
the same is more difficult, but you could use struts/commons
to do the work for you (as they've already reimplemented
setProperty property="*")

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