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The servlet life cycle

Servlets have a prescribed life cycle. Servers load and run servlets. Servers accept requests from clients, and may use their servlets to return data to the clients.

Servers can also remove servlets. So, the stages of a servlet's life cycle are:

  • The servlet is loaded and initialized.
  • The servlet is used to satisfy client requests.
  • The servlet is removed or unloaded.

A server runs the servlet's init method when it loads the servlet. Most servlets are run in multi-threaded servers. However, there are no concurrency issues during servlet initialization. The server calls the init method when it loads the servlet, and does not call it again unless it is reloading the servlet.

The server cannot reload a servlet until after it has removed the servlet by calling the destroy method. Initialization is allowed to complete before client requests are handled or the servlet is destroyed.

A practical problem

This can be a problem when you are developing a servlet and repeatedly testing it with a server. Once the servlet is initially loaded from the class file, for some servers simply providing a new class file does not cause the server to remove the old version of the servlet and load the new version. (This appears to be the case with the Apache Tomcat server that we will be using for some of these modules.)

With the Apache Tomcat server , you must stop and restart the server to cause it to load the new version of a servlet. (It may be possible to use some feature of the administration tool to force the server to remove an old version and load a new version of a servlet without stopping and restarting the server but I have never investigated thatpossibility.)

The second stage

The second stage in the life of the servlet begins after the servlet has been loaded and initialized. At that point, the server may call upon the servlet to respond to client requests. In so doing, the servlet handles client requests by processing them in its service method, which is called by the server. Normally, the service request from each client is run in a separate thread by the servlet.

Generic versus HTTP servlets

If you are writing a generic servlet, you will probably override the service method. However, if you are writing servlets to be used with HTTP servers, you probably won't need to override service . The service method of the HttpServlet class handles the setup and dispatches the request to methods such as doGet and doPost . When writing HTTP servlets, you will normally extend the HttpServlet class and override the doXXX methods instead of overriding the service method.

Multithreaded operation

Servlets can process requests from multiple clients concurrently in a multithreaded manner. This means that the service methods should be written to be thread safe. One description that I have seen for how to write a thread-safe method is to:

Use the fewest possible number of instance variables, and synchronize access to them if you use them.

Single-threaded operation

In some cases and for some reason known only to you, you may decide to prevent your servlet from processing concurrent client requests. In this case, you should cause your servlet to implement the SingleThreadModel interface. This interface guarantees that no two threads will execute the servlet's service methods concurrently. Implementing the interface does not require writing any extra methods. Merely declaring that the servlet implements the interface is sufficient to prevent the server from making concurrent calls to the service method.

Questions & Answers

do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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