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When Servlet's delete() method is called?

Prabhat Gupta
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Joined: Jan 22, 2008
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Hi EveryOne ,
In Sevlet life-cycle,the service() method calls the overriden doGet() or doPost() method which ever is applicable . After that the thread that is allocated for service() method will be destroyed by container.

After that i GUESS ,the overriden destroy() method will be called to kill the servlet object. But who does call this destroy() method??

If destroy() method is called every time then i think that for each request
container has to load the servlet-class and then instantiate it.

Also what does it means by loading the class and instantiating it.
Garlapati Ravi
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Joined: Mar 05, 2008
Posts: 171
destroy() is a call back method. Which you wont have controll on it, it automatically called by container whenever needed.
Example: it is called if you undeploying your application, or if you shutdown the server..etc..

Ravi Kumar
SCWCD 5 - 89%, SCJP 1.4 - 90%
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