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venkatesh badrinathan
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Joined: Aug 03, 2008
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hi everybody, i am new to servlets. i have some basic servlet prog which i have tried to execute in my system. but it reported saying that servlets packages are not found. can someone please tell me which sdk should i install in my system to run my servlet programs.. please provide links if any.. thanks in advance;

Matteo Di Furia
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Joined: Jun 20, 2008
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You don't need a SDK, you need a container to run your web application.
Have a look at Tomcat, tomcat.apache.org
vijayakumar durai
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Joined: Aug 18, 2008
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download the tomcat from the website and dowload the jdk
set the JAVA_HOME for jdk path
set the classpath for servlet-api.jar
see the headfirst servlet and jsp
ruban raj

Joined: Aug 05, 2008
Posts: 7
For executing servlet programs ,it needs server like jboss , tomcat or some other server.

Steps to Exceute Servlet programs:

1.Download jboss or tomcat server ,they are opensource products.

2.Set JAVA_HOME path

3.Set Server_Home path .For example if you use tomcat ,you have to set TOMCAT_HOME path.

4.Put servlet-api jar in lib folder.

5.start the server using startup.bat file.

6.Point out servlet url in address bar.
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Douglas Carvalho

Joined: Oct 09, 2008
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There is no way I can compile the servlets. Before I set the pathes, that was a variable called Path. So, to compile my Java programs I did this way:

JAVA_HOME C:\Arquivos de programas\Java\jdk1.6.0_07\bin
Path "lots of things";%JAVA_HOME%\\bin

Then, I installed Tomcat but I can�t compile the servlets classes. I put the Tomcat on C:, so the path to servlet-api.jar is this:

C:\Tomcat6.0\lib\servlet-api.jar (I was surprised that there was no common directory like the FAQ said)

So, I don�t know what to do. I tried to put this path on the variable Path above, in the JAVA_HOME and I created a new variable too, but none has worked. What I did wrong? Thank you very much guys, and sorry for some grammar mistakes. I�m Brazilian and I�m learning English toghether with servlets (laughs).
Vijitha Kumara

Joined: Mar 24, 2008
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I tried to put this path on the variable Path above, in the JAVA_HOME and I created a new variable too, but none has worked.

Set the path (to your servlet-api.jar) in the CLASSPATH environment variable(create a new one if you don't have one). Then you will be able to compile your servlets
[ October 09, 2008: Message edited by: Vijitha Kumara ]

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shar ball

Joined: Jul 14, 2005
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Douglas Carvalho,

If you still have issues trying to run your first servlet, you can follow the servlets demo here..


It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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