JSP Translation: Containers don't directly process JSPs. They need JSP to be converted into a java class(servlet). During translation, the container creates a java class, usually- "YourJspName_jsp.java". The container writes _jspService() method for you. Different jsp elements go to their respective places in this java class.
JSP compilation: When container has created a java class for your JSP, it then compiles it to check the class for java syntax. when this class compiles without error, it is now ready for use.
The container will instantiates as per the configuration details in your web.xml or when first request comes in for this JSP.
It will greatly aid your understanding of the process if you look at the Java source that is created for your JSPs. E.g., Tomcat keeps those in the TOMCAT_HOME/work/Catalina/localhost directory. Create various JSPs of differing complexity (with and without scriptlets, with and without using tags like JSTL, etc.), and check out what Java source is generated.
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