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scwcd doubt on jsp:forward

david rajaa

Joined: Jun 20, 2007
Posts: 2
Dear ranchers,
Could you pls clarify my doubts on following topics

1. difference between RequestDispatcher.forward() and <jsp:forward>

In some notes I found
A <jsp:forward> effectively terminates the current page. Nothing before the <jsp:forward> or after the <jsp:forward> is written to the response! It is not the same when using a requestDispatcher.forward().

When I executed both performs same operation and I found no difference. Then what makes difference

2. what is the difference between <jsp:forward> and response.sendRedirect()
I suggest that <jsp:forward> works on server side and
sendRedirect() works on client side. Is it true

3. In Whizlab docs, they mentioned that any response committed after sendRedirect(),forward(), sendError() and so on results in IllegalStateException. Can I know the codes that leads to exception after these methods

4. In MZ notes, he mentioned
"When overriding doGet method, read the request data, write the response headers,get the response's writer or output stream object, and finally, write the response data"
when tried the code by placing setContentType() above getWriter() method, the code executed correctly. What happens to his statement

Joe Harry
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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Hey, the difference between the two in short is that with RequestDispatcher.forward, the control is still within the method that makes the forward call but that method cannot write anything to the response and you can only write to the server console from within that method. With a <jspforward>, you cannot even write to the server log. All the control is taken over by the page to which you do the forward.

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khushhal yadav
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Joined: Jun 20, 2007
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In case of <jsp:forward/> i.e. standard action tag..
the response is flushed..

While in case of RequestDispathcer, it's not so..


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