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Overridding service() method!??

Niyas Ahmed Sheikh
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Joined: Jun 15, 2005
Posts: 129

I read in some book that overridding the service() is not a good idea. But I seen some codings in which service() method has been overridden.
I want to know when it is needed to override the service() method. If we are overridding the service() method, what about doGet() and doPost().?
Paul Sturrock

Joined: Apr 14, 2004
Posts: 10336

Assuming you are talking about the service method in an HttpServlet, then the answer is probably in the code where you've seen this happen. Basically all the service method does is delegates to the appropriate doXXX() method depending on the request. Since HTTP changes only very occasionally, it's very unlikely that you will need to alter its behaviour.

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David O'Meara

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

I can't even remember why we did it that way now, but in the early pre-Struts, pre-filter days we had an abstract Front Controller-like class that did something like this:

Not quite the same though.
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