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static variable in a servlet

ankur rathi
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Defining a static variable in a servlet can be useful in any scenerio?

Static variable are shared between instances but servlet has only one instance at a time (except clustered environment).

So I guess, except clustered environment, no body will use static member in servlet.

Is it right?

narender kaasam

Joined: May 15, 2006
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A very good question.I agree with your expalnation.Because only one instance will be created in servlet.So there is no use os Static varibales.
Purushoth Thambu
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Not always some J2EE server allows you to create pool for SingleThreadedServlet. For example in WebLogic you can configure to have more than one instance of the same servlet.
Ben Souther

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You can also create multiple servlet instances from the same class by adding new servlet entries in your deployment descriptor.
I this case both servlets (even though they have different names) will share the same static variables.

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ankur rathi
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Thanks All.
Nice answers.
steve souza
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Also even with one servlet instance running a static variable is fine if it is thread safe. - a fast, free open source performance tuning api.
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Bear Bibeault
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I use static variables in servlets all the time -- mostly for "constants".

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