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MVC using JSP, Servlets and Java classes

Johnnie Smith

Joined: May 02, 2012
Posts: 23
Hello I am trying to implement the MVC architecture using JSP(view), Servlet(Controller) and Java classes(Model).

I have named my Application as First_App.In this application there are 2 JSPs namely First.jsp and Second.jsp.

To implement the controller, I have written a servlet whose job is to analyse a request for any page in this application and perform the following tasks:

1. Create an object of the model class,
2.Call one of its methods that will fetch data from a database,
3. Create an instance of a bean
4. Call its respective setter methods to set the attribute values with the retrieved data
5. Set the bean as a request attribute.

After doing all this, it uses the following code:




to forward the request to either of the JSPs depending on some criteria.

The web.xml file contains the following entry:


The problem that I am facing is that data does not get populated on the JSP. On the JSP, I retrieve the brean from the request and display its attribute values.

Please note that I want to map any request for any resource within this web application to the servlet because I want the servlet to forward it to the particular JSP.

I believe that this is the essence of MVC. But what happens is that the forwarded request again goes through the controller servlet

and again the processing is done.

How do I code the controller servlet in such a manner that a user request passes through it but the forwarded request from within the servlet's post method is ignored

and the concerned JSP is displayed?

Version of Tomcat: 6.26
Servlet: 2.5

Ashwini Kashyap
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Joined: Aug 30, 2012
Posts: 90

For forwarding request parameter to JSP page from within servlet, you need to set that param in request object using:

Also, map your actions like:
1) From JSP:
<form action="user" method="post">
2) Make appropriate entry in web.xml like:

3) In Servlet, override doPost()/service(), write your business logic and forward it to other JSP accordingly.

Ashwini Kashyap |

I agree. Here's the link:
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