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Session tracking

Sean Thornton

Joined: Jun 18, 2002
Posts: 5
How does JSF maintain a session? I know that when working with the servlet API your supposed to call request.getSession(). Does JSF do this for you automatically?
Varun Khanna
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Joined: May 30, 2002
Posts: 1400
JSF is built over Servlets/JSP. It uses HttpSession only.

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Gregg Bolinger
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Yes, JSF uses HttpSession, but doesn't give you transparent access to it. Everything in JSF is handled via the managed-beans. So if you want something stored in the session give the managed-bean session scope.

IF you just can't live without manipulating the HttpSession directly you can do:

session = (HttpSession)FacesContext.getCurrentIstance().getExternalContext().getSession();

you can also get things like the request and response objects as well from the external context.

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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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