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sangeeta kapoor
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Joined: Jun 15, 2004
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I create a bean such as

<jsp:useBean id="pref" class="com.Preferences" scope="session" />

What is "pref" in this case. Is it a attribute in session scope or is it a object of com.Preferences class.

Please help me understand this concept.
Deepa Korecherla
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Joined: Jul 14, 2004
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To my knowledge....
"id" is just a vaiable name which identifies a particular instance of a bean

Louis - Jean Morisset

Joined: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 20

<jsp:useBean id="pref" class="com.Preferences" scope="session" />

Realy what happens in the background is something equivalent to this.
First it looks in the session to see if the object exists, if it does it gives it back with a reference to it called "pref". If it doesn't exist, it creates the object, puts it in the session and then gives you the reference to it called "pref". So the code would look something like this..

com.Preferences pref = (com.Preferences)req.getSession().getAttribute("pref");
if(pref == null){
com.Preferences pref = new com.Preferences();
req.getSession().setAttribute("pref", pref);
return pref;

Really the last line where I write return pref, I don't know exactly if it returns it like this of some other way to give you the reference to the object, but you get the idea.
[ February 22, 2005: Message edited by: Louis - Jean Morisset ]
I agree. Here's the link:
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