While I had been reading about Lifecycle of JSP a question came to my mind: How can the Container compile a .java class translated from .jsp? The Java API doesn't support compilation, does it? Does it call the javac complier in a shell?
I know it's not important, I'm just curious.
posted 10 years ago
Yes, it uses the same classes that make up the core of javac. They can be used directly if one knows the API. They're somewhere in the com.sun.* hierarchy, so you shouldn't be using them, of course (although they work just fine). If you look through the jar files that make up Tomcat, you'll find them.