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Javaranch mock exam question

Kedar Dravid
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Joined: May 28, 2004
Posts: 333
Consider the following:

package com.javaranch;
import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;

public class PostServlet extends HttpServlet
public void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
throws ServletException, IOException
PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();
out.println("<html>\n <body>\n");
out.println(" <h2>\n Hello World\n </h2>\n");
out.println(" </body>\n</html>\n");

What is the result of compiling the above Servlet and accessing it by typing:
into the address field of a browser

The server will not find the Servlet due to an incorrect URL.
An error page is returned from the Server.
The browser displays "Hello World"
The code fails to compile.

Given answer:
The Servlet does not implement a doGet method so, an error is returned.

My question:
From what I understand, a servlet needs to implement either doGet or doPost.
In the above code, the doPost method is overridden.
So, why would the above code return an error?
Paul Bourdeaux
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Joined: May 24, 2004
Posts: 783
A simple hyper link is always a GET request.

So by typing the address into the browser, you are sending a GET request. Since the servlet does not have a doGet method, an error is returned.

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Bhumika Thakkar
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Joined: Apr 18, 2005
Posts: 79
If we had overriden the doGet() then would the server throw an exception because of the URL?


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Kejal Shah
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Joined: Jun 27, 2003
Posts: 87
If the mapping is done properly in the DD, it'll work fine, else you'll receive a Page not found or a container specific message

Kejal<br />
Narendra Dhande
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Joined: Dec 04, 2004
Posts: 951

For the older versions of Tomcat, the URL is fine. But latest versions does not support such type of URLs.


Narendra Dhande
SCJP 1.4,SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 5.0, SCDJWS 5.0, SCEA 5.0
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