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Uploading images & Image manipulation

Hi everyone

What I am trying to do is this:

I want to have a JSP where the user browses for an image, and then clicks a submit button, I then want the selected image to be uploaded and stored...

My questions are:

1 - Can the image be stored in a MySQL database or does it have to be uploaded to a directory

2 - Is there a way to manipulate the image and make thumbnails etc in a Servlet?

3 - Is there a java API for doing things like this (if yes any chance of a url)?

Many thanks

Kris


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TimYatesCommented:
1) I would store the image in a directory.  It makes it easier to show the image to the user (via an IMG html tag), and makes it easier to backup your data (as your database doesn't contain loads of BLOB fields)
2) Yeah, sure...  Load the image in to a BufferedImage, call getScaledInstance, and write the image back out again using the JPG compression routines (http://javaalmanac.com/egs/javax.imageio/BasicImageRead.html and http://javaalmanac.com/egs/javax.imageio/JpegWrite.html)
3) See 2  ;-)

Tim
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TimYatesCommented:
Oh, and http://javaalmanac.com/egs/java.awt.image/CreateTxImage.html for the "making it smaller" bit ;-)
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TimYatesCommented:
Oh yeah -- hehe, what a lot of typing for 20 points ;-)

When you upload an image, I would use File.getTempFile to give the file a temoprary name (that is unique to your images directory), and then store this name in the database (instead of the image itself), along with the original name of the image -- then you won't get problems with 2 people uploading an image with the same name...

Otherwise, you will get problems with user A uploading "new.gif" and user B uploading "new.gif", as one will overwrite the other...

Tim
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KrisM82Author Commented:
Cool thanks for the help exactly what I was looking for :0)
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TimYatesCommented:
Good luck! :-)

Tim
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KrisM82Author Commented:
Having a few problems with this still, any chance you could give me a hand if i post the source code?
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