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Why dont we use constr instead of init method ?

Vikram Deshmukh
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Joined: Apr 22, 2000
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What is the benefit of having init(ServletConfig) ? As I know it does an initialization activity.
But if i provide constructor for a servlet, still, this method gets called prior to init()
then call gets redirected to either doGet or doPost.
In this case what is the extra mileage we get after having this init method ?
with regards,
vikram
William Brogden
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Joined: Mar 22, 2000
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The servlet API requires an init method so that the servlet configuration can be passed properly. I suspect that one reason they did it this way is so the Servlet interface can neatly define all of the methods needed.
Use of the constructor is under the control of the servlet engine. Don't confuse the operation of the constructor and init with the flow of control during a request.
Bill
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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