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JSP's Applet has to pass an Buffered Image to Servlet to upload on web server

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Hi,

I have a JSP that invokes an applet. This applet creates an Buffered Image, I need to pass this buffered image to a servlet that is hosted on the same web server as the JSP, this servlet is supposed to create a file from the BufferedImage and then upload to a location on the same web server. I am facing a problem in the communication between the Applet and Servlet.  The servlet is not even getting called..!!

Could you please tell me what I am missing, following is the code snippets that I am using



JSP:
 
<body>
<applet code="Applet.class" archive="Applet.jar"width="300" height="300"/>
</body>
 
Applet:
 
 public void sendBufferedImage(String urlpath, BufferedImage image) {
        try {
            System.out.println("Sending the image data");
            URL url = new URL(urlpath);
            URLConnection conn = url.openConnection();
            conn.setDoOutput(true);
            OutputStream out = conn.getOutputStream();
            ImageIO.write(image, "jpg", out);
            out.close();
            System.out.println("Sent the data to " + url);
        } catch (IOException ex) {
           ex.getMessage();
        }
 
    }
 
Servlet:
 
 System.out.println("getting the image from applet");
            File filename = new File(getServletContext().getContextPath() + "test.jpg");
            FileOutputStream outy = new FileOutputStream(filename);
            InputStream in = request.getInputStream();
            byte[] buf = new byte[256];
            int nread = 0, total_read = 0;
 
            while (-1 != (nread = in.read(buf))) {
                total_read += nread;
                outy.write(buf, 0, nread);
            }
            System.out.println("bytes read " + total_read);
            out.close();

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by:TimYates
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1)  What is your "urlpath" set to?
2) Does the servlet get called if you load the servlet URL into the browser (it will then crash, but you should see it getting called)
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any errors in the java console of the applet?
what url are you using to load the page, and to post the image?
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"http://localhost:6080/WebApplet/DocumentUpload" is the URL that hosts the web application which contains the JSP and the servlet, the applet is a separate jar file that I am using in the JSP
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Yeah...  But is that the URL that the applet is using when you call sendBufferedImage?

Can you print the URL out in that applet method and see what it is in the Java Console?

Also, does the servlet get fired when you load that URL in your browser?
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Yes, this is the URL I am using, and when I am using the same path in the browser, the servlet does get fired.. but does nothing
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Any output in the Java Console window?
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Java Console that I launch with the applet shows the following message among others ... No Error Messages though

Sending the image data
network: Connecting http://localhost:6080/WebApplet/DocumentUpload with proxy=DIRECT
Sent the data to http://localhost:6080/WebApplet/DocumentUpload
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And the servlet code is in a doGet block yeah?

And you are running the browser on the same machine as the webapp (tomcat?) is running?
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The Servlet code is in doPost block

and the Yes the browser is run on the same machine as the  webapp(tomcat 6.1)

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Can you move the servlet code to the get block?

I believe the applet is doing a GET not a post
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Yes I tried that too, but even this is not helping
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Can you try this in the applet (and set your Sevlet to doPost):


URL url = new URL( urlpath );
HttpURLConnection conn = (HttpURLConnection)url.openConnection();
conn.setRequestMethod("POST");
conn.setUseCaches(false);
conn.setDefaultUseCaches(false);
conn.setDoOutput(true);
conn.setRequestProperty("Content-Type", "application/octet-stream");
urlConnection.connect();
OutputStream out = urlConnection.getOutputStream();
ImageIO.write( image, "jpg", out ) ;
out.flush();
out.close();

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what is the type "urlConnection" ?
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by:esko_user
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Sorry ... its not working
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by:esko_user
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Should I be sending this data back the to the JSP that invokes the applet and the use JSP to post it to the Servlet?
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What data?

I assume you have a jsp with an applet tag in it, and that applet is supposed to send an image?

Hmmm...

Try reading the inputStream from the URL connection in the applet...that may give you some clues as to the problem?
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Yes the Applet is supposed to send an image... and is within an applet tag in the jsp

The input to the URLConnection is BufferedImage  so, I am supposed to check the data before being written to the URLConnection and then after being written to the connection ..!!  if this does not make sense then I did not get your suggestion
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URLCOnnection is bi-directional, you cas specify to use both input and output, and read from an inputstream after you have sent the image to the servlet (to see if the servlet responded with anything)

And you post your current applet sendBufferedImage method?

I can't see why this isn't working if everything is as you say it is

ACTUALLY:

Maybe if instead of doing nothing with the exception in:

        } catch (IOException ex) {
           ex.getMessage();
        }

you could print the stack trace?

        } catch (IOException ex) {
           ex.printStackTrace()
        }

Then you will see the error you are getting
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