How to pass form field values between JSP pages?

Posted on 2004-08-24
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I have a JSP form, and I need to pass all the form field values between two other pages.
And one of the form field values is a textarea field.

I don't think they can be passed in the URL, because of the length restriction.
So how can I do this.

An example would be appreciated.
Question by:g118481
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Expert Comment

ID: 11884480
Use POST method in your FORM tag.
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ID: 11884506
<form name="form1" action="jsp2.jsp" method="post">
  <input type="text" name="field1">
  <input type="text" name="field2">
  <input type="text" name="field3">
  <input type="text" name="field4">
  <input type="text" name="field5">
  <input type="text" name="fieldn">
  <input type="submit">
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Author Comment

ID: 11884922
I am sorry.
I didn't clarify my request enough.

I know all too well how to use POST for forms.
My issue is, that I need to pass the form values to two other JSP pages after the initial POST has been made by the form.


1.  my form post the field values to a select statement that checks table2
2.  I then need to pass those same form field values back to the form, or to another insert statement, depending on the results from table2.

Expert Comment

ID: 11885069
I think your issue is that (1) you don't want to pass the form values in the url because of size restrictions; and (2) if you pass them via POST, the form values are "request" level so you lose them after you process the page after the post.

I believe the request object stores all the values in a HashMap. Why don't you create your own HashMap, and give it "session" access? Then you can access the form values, update them whenever you want, and delete the HashMap when it is  no longer needed.


Author Comment

ID: 11885112

That sounds like a good option.
Would you have an example to share?
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Accepted Solution

sompol_kiatkamolchai earned 200 total points
ID: 11888868
To share variable in session scope you can bind your value by

session.setAttribute("var1", someObject);

the above can be used in jsp page, if you want to do in Servlet the session variable need to get from request object.

HttpSession session = request.getSession();
session.setAttribute("var1", someObject);

and then var1 in session object will be available until session expired or IE browser is closed by client.

Expert Comment

ID: 11896348
You could also create a form to store the hidden values after the first post...  Then you could submit it to the other 2 pages using javascript.

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