For testing and development purposes, I have 2 webapps in separate locations but with almost identical Java beans. Webapp1 is placed in $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/ROOT/webapp1/ and its beans are in $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/classes. Webapp2 is placed in $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/webapp2/ and its beans are in $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/webapp2/WEB-INF/classes/. Each of them has a bean called bean1 which has a method called getLoginStatus().
At first I thought the beans for webapp1 were independent of the beans for webapp2, even though they might be named the same, but when I changed getLoginStatus() for webapp2 to getLoginStatus(String), recompile and restart the server, when I run webapp1 there is an exception saying that the getLoginStatus() method can't be found - which means that the JVM is looking at the most recently compiled bean (for which the method signature has changed to getLoginStatus(String)).
So I guess there can only be one bean of the same name loaded at a time? If so, whcih does the JVM pick if there are many to choose from? Could somebody receommend a Tomcat/JSP guide that explains this in detail?