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HFSJ Book and Errata

Ritesh Raman
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Joined: Jun 20, 2005
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I am confused with HFSJ Book page no. - 204 and HFSJ errata for the
page no.- 136

HFSJ Book page 204
Topic - RequestDispatcher revealed

under the paragraph --
Getting a RequestDispatcher from ServletRequest---

RequestDispatcher view = request.getRequestDispatcher("result.jsp");

Here Book explain like --"if the path starts with a forward slash ("/"),the container sees that as 'starting from the root of this web app' "

Whereas HFSJ errata for page no. 136 explain forward slash ("/") as -

The last paragraph (and code) should read:
The Container builds the complete URL relative to the web container itself, instead of relative to the original URL of the request. So the new URL will be:

Please explain forward slash ("/") - means
"relative to web app OR web container"

Thanks,<br />--------<br />SCJP 1.4
Joe Harry
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If there is a forward slash, then it is with respect to the ROOT of the web app. If it dosn't start with a /, then it is with respect to the current path, or the current folder.


A request comes in for test.jsp with the url http://localhsot:8080/myWebApp/Folders/TEST/test.jsp which is in the folder TEST and in the test.jsp, you are doing response.sendRedirect("testmeinstead.jsp") which is also inside TEST folder, then you the new url will be http://localhsot:8080/myWebApp/Folders/TEST/testmeinstead.jsp. But whereas, you say response.sendRedirect("/welcome.jsp"), then it means, go to the ROOT of this webapp which is http://localhsot:8080/myWebApp/ and then append the welcome.jsp there. So the final url for this will be http://localhsot:8080/myWebApp/welcome.jsp

Hope this is clear now.

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Ritesh Raman
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Joined: Jun 20, 2005
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Hi Jothi Shankar

Thanks for your reply, But i still confused with HFSJ Book and Errata

A/c to you "If there is a forward slash, then it is with respect to the ROOT of the web app."

Then in Book page no 136 The last paragraph (and code) is Right--

"relative to web app " So the new URL will be: -

whereas errata tells its wrong it should be --
"relative to the web container" So the new URL will be:-

please tell me Book is right or Errata on this regard ?
Ritesh Raman
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Joined: Jun 20, 2005
Posts: 34
Hi Rancher,

any one please clear my doubt.
Marc Peabody
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Both are correct, Ritesh.

In HFSJ, page 136 talks about response.sendRedirect but page 204 talks about request.getRequestDispatcher - which behave differently when a path begins with a leading "/".

RequestDispatcher is more intimate with the webapp and it just doesn't want to leave. It can't leave - how sweet of it! You've got to respect RequestDispatcher's loyalty!

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