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forward doubts ?

Sebastien French
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Joined: Jan 04, 2012
Posts: 25

Hello,

I doubt about the forward functionnality.

When forwarding from servlet 1 to servlet 2. Do we get back to servet 1 after servlet 2 complete ?

I'm allmost sure control get back to servlet 1 but ...
Frits Walraven
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Yes you will get back, but you can't really do anything any more with the response, as it is committed.

Regards,
Frits
Paul Clapham
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Just to add to that a bit: that means that after you call the "forward" method in servlet 1, the code after that will indeed be executed. A lot of people seem to think that calling "forward" is like a GOTO statement, but of course it's just a Java method like all the others.

I don't know whether the code in servlet 2 will be executed before or after the code which comes after the "forward" in servlet 1, but I do know that both will be executed. (And I don't really care either -- if I did then the two servlets would be closely coupled and that would be a design problem.) And as Frits says, servlet 1 shouldn't do anything with the response after forwarding. However you're likely to want to do things like closing database connections after you forward to servlet 2.
Sebastien French
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Joined: Jan 04, 2012
Posts: 25

thanks for your help
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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