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JSP Page source - Doubt?

Joe Harry
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Why can't we override init(ServletConfig) and destroy methods in a jsp page that we write and why is that we can only override jspInit() and jspDestroy()??

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Christophe Verré

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Because the container, who generates the Java code from the JSP, will probably do its own initialization/destruction stuff in those methods. The container deals with methods related ot the lifecycle of the servlet.
If you override them, its important stuff is not going to be called. But the container says "ok, you want to do some initialization yourself too ? I'll give you a chance. Make a jspInit method, and I'll call it. You have my words".

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Joe Harry
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I came to know is that the init() and destroy methods are marked final in the HttpJspBase class. This is the reason why we can't override them and instead override the jspInit() and jspDestroy()
Joe Harry
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What is the class that contains init(), destroy() and service() methods for the jsp servlet in other containers. For example in Tomcat, it is HttpJspBase abstract class. Is it the same in all the other containers???
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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