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Because HttpServlet is not designed to solve all web sites specific problems.
Every java programmer will write she/he's own java concrete servlet for her/his purpose, extending it, and taking advantage from the http protocol facilites, already implemented and ready to use, provided by the superclass HttpServlet.
Note that when you extend HttpServlet you need to override one of the doXXX methods (doPost, doGet etc). You don't need to override all of them (and you usually won't). Which means they can't be marked as abstract - if they were, you'd be forced to implement them all. But an unmodified HttpServlet is pretty useless, so it's worth labelling it abstract to emphasis it is not intended to be instantiated.