Advanced Java Interview Questions -11

Advanced Java Interview Questions -11

1. What mechanisms are used by a Servlet Container to maintain session information?

Cookies, URL rewriting, and HTTPS protocol information are used to maintain session information

2. What are the different ways for session tracking?

Cookies, URL rewriting, HttpSession, Hidden form fields

3. Difference between GET and POST

In GET your entire form submission can be encapsulated in one URL, like a hyperlink. query length is limited to 255 characters, not secure, faster, quick and easy. The data is submitted as part of URL.
In POST data is submitted inside body of the HTTP request. The data is not visible on the URL and it is more secure.

4. What is session?

The session is an object used by a servlet to track a user’s interaction with a Web application across multiple HTTP requests. The session is stored on the server.

5. What is a servlet ?

servlet is a java program that runs inside a web container.

6. What is the difference between JSP and Servlets ?

JSP is used mainly for presentation only. A JSP can only be HttpServlet that means the only supported protocol in JSP is HTTP. But a servlet can support any protocol like HTTP, FTP, SMTP etc.

7. What is difference between custom JSP tags and beans?

Custom JSP tag is a tag you defined. You define how a tag, its attributes and its body are interpreted, and then group your tags into collections called tag libraries that can be used in any number of JSP files. To use custom JSP tags, you need to define three separate components: the tag handler class that defines the tag’s behavior ,the tag library descriptor file that maps the XML element names to the tag implementations and the JSP file that uses the tag library
JavaBeans are Java utility classes you defined. Beans have a standard format for Java classes. You use tags
Custom tags and beans accomplish the same goals — encapsulating complex behavior into simple and accessible forms. There are several differences:
Custom tags can manipulate JSP content; beans cannot. Complex operations can be reduced to a significantly simpler form with custom tags than with beans. Custom tags require quite a bit more work to set up than do beans. Custom tags usually define relatively self-contained behavior, whereas beans are often defined in one servlet and used in a different servlet or JSP page. Custom tags are available only in JSP 1.1 and later, but beans can be used in all JSP 1.x versions.

8.Can we use the constructor, instead of init(), to initialize servlet?

Yes. But you will not get the servlet specific things from constructor. The original reason for init() was that ancient versions of Java couldn’t dynamically invoke constructors with arguments, so there was no way to give the constructor a ServletConfig. That no longer applies, but servlet containers still will only call your no-arg constructor. So you won’t have access to a ServletConfig or ServletContext.

9. What is servlet mapping?

The servlet mapping defines an association between a URL pattern and a servlet. The mapping is used to map requests to Servlets.

10. What is servlet context ?

The servlet context is an object that contains a information about the Web application and container. Using the context, a servlet can log events, obtain URL references to resources, and set and store attributes that other servlets in the context can use.

11.What is the difference in using request.getRequestDispatcher() and context.getRequestDispatcher()?

In request.getRequestDispatcher(path) in order to create it we need to give the relative path of the resource. But in resourcecontext.getRequestDispatcher(path) in order to create it we need to give the absolute path of the resource.

12. How many JSP scripting elements are there and what are they?

There are three scripting language elements: declarations, scriptlets, expressions.

13. What is a Expression?

Expressions are act as place holders for language expression, expression is evaluated each time the page is accessed. This will be included in the service method of the generated servlet.

14. What is a Declaration?

It declares one or more variables or methods for use later in the JSP source file. A declaration must contain at least one complete declarative statement. You can declare any number of variables or methods within one declaration tag, as long as semicolons separate them. The declaration must be valid in the scripting language used in the JSP file. This will be included in the declaration section of the generated servlet.

15. How do I include static files within a JSP page?

Static resources should always be included using the JSP include directive. This way, the inclusion is performed just once during the translation phase.

16. What are the lifecycle of JSP?

When presented with JSP page the JSP engine does the following 7 phases.
Page translation: -page is parsed, and a java file which is a servlet is created.
Page compilation: page is compiled into a class file
Page loading : This class file is loaded.
Create an instance :- Instance of servlet is created
jspInit() method is called
_jspService is called to handle service calls
_jspDestroy is called to destroy it when the servlet is not required.

17. What are context initialization parameters?

Context initialization parameters are specified by the in the web.xml file, these are initialization parameter for the whole application.

18. How can I implement a thread-safe JSP page?

You can make your JSPs thread-safe adding the directive <%@ page isThreadSafe="false" % > within your JSP page.

19. What is a Scriptlet?

A scriptlet can contain any number of language statements, variable or expressions that are valid in the page scripting language. Within scriptlet tags, you can declare variables to use later in the file, write expressions valid in the page scripting language, use any of the JSP implicit objects or any object declared with a . Generally a scriptlet can contain any java code that are valid inside a normal java method. This will become the part of generated servlet’s service method.

20. What are the Collection types in Hibernate ?

Set, List, Array, Map, Bag

21.What are the JSP tag?

In JSP tags can be divided into 4 different types.

22.How to access web.xml init parameters from jsp page?

For example, if you have:
<context-param> <param-name>Id</param-name> <param-value>this is the value</param-value></context-param>
You can access this parameter
Id: <h:outputText value=”#{initParam['Id']}”/>

23. What is a thin client?

A thin client is a program interface to the application that does not have any operations like query of databases, execute complex business rules, or connect to legacy applications.

24. Differentiate between .ear,  .jar and .war files.

.jar files: These files are with the .jar extenstion. The .jar files contains the libraries, resources and accessories files like property files.
.war files: These files are with the .war extension. The .war file contains jsp, html, javascript and other files for necessary for the development of web applications.
.ear files: The .ear file contains the EJB modules of the application.

25. What are JSP Directives? Directives <%@page language=”java” %>
2. include Directives: <%@ include file=”/header.jsp” %>
3. taglib Directives <%@ taglib uri=”tlds/taglib.tld” prefix=”html” %>

26.What is ActionErrors?

ActionErrors object that encapsulates any validation errors that have been found. If no errors are found, return null or an ActionErrors object with no recorded error messages.The default implementation attempts to forward to the HTTP version of this method. Holding request parameters  mapping and request  and returns set of validation errors, if validation failed; an empty set or null

27.What is the EAR file?

An EAR file is a JAR file with an .ear extension. A J2EE application with all of its modules is delivered in EAR file.

28.What is Struts?

Struts framework is a Model-View-Controller(MVC) architecture for designing large scale applications. Which is combines of Java Servlets, JSP, Custom tags, and message. Struts helps you to create an extensible development environment for your application, based on published standards and proven design patterns. Model in many applications represent the internal state of the system as a set of one or more JavaBeans.The View is most often constructed using JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology.The Controller is focused on receiving requests from the client and producing the next phase of the user interface to an appropriate View component. The primary component of the Controller in the framework is a servlet of class ActionServlet. This servlet is configured by defining a set of ActionMappings.

29.What is action mapping??

In action mapping we specify action class for particular url ie path and diffrent target view ie forwards on to which request response will be forwarded.The ActionMapping represents the information that the ActionServlet knows about the mapping of a particular request to an instance of a particular Action class.The mapping is passed to the execute() method of the Action class, enabling access to this information directly.

30.What is the MVC on struts.

MVC stands Model-View-Controller.
Model: Model in many applications represent the internal state of the system as a set of one or more JavaBeans.
View: The View is most often constructed using JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology.
Controller: The Controller is focused on receiving requests from the client and producing the next phase of the user interface to an appropriate View component. The primary component of the Controller in the framework is a servlet of class ActionServlet. This servlet is configured by defining a set of ActionMappings.

31.What is ActionForm?

ActionForm is a Java bean that associates one or more ActionMappings. A java bean become FormBean when extend org.apache.struts.action.ActionForm class. ActionForm object is automatically populated on the server side which data has been entered by the client from UI. ActionForm maintains the session state for web application.

32. What are advantages of Spring usage?

Pojo based programming enables reuse component.
Improve productivity and subsequently reduce development cost.
Dependency Injection can be used to improve testability.
Spring required enterprise services without a need of expensive application server.
It reduces coupling in code and improves maintainability.

33.Functionality of ActionServlet and RequestProcessor?

Receiving the HttpServletRequest
Populating JavaBean from the request parameters
Displaying response on the web page Issues
Content type issues handling
Provide extension points

34.what are the types of servlets.

Genereic Servlets,HttpServlets.

35. What are different modules in spring?

There are seven core modules in spring
The Core container module
O/R mapping module (Object/Relational)
DAO module
Application context module
Aspect Oriented Programming
Web module
MVC module

36 What is Spring?

Spring is a light weight open source framework  for the development of enterprise application that resolves the complexity of enterprise application development also providing a cohesive framework for J2EE application development. Which is primarily based on IOC (inversion of control) or DI (dependency injection) design pattern.

37.What is default scope in Spring?


38.What are the Benefits  Spring Framework ?

Light weight container
Spring can effectively organize your middle tier objects
Initialization of properties is easy ? no need to read from properties file
application code is much easier to unit test
Objects are created Lazily , Singleton – configuration
Spring’s configuration management services can be used in any architectural layer, in whatever runtime environment

39.How to Create Object without using the keyword “new” in java?

Without new the Factory mehtods are used to create objects for a class. For example
Calender c=Calender.getInstance();
here Calender is a class and the method getInstance() is a Factory method which can create object for Calender class.

40.What is servlet?

Servlets is a server side components that provide a powerful mechanism for developing server side programs. Servlets is a server as well as platform-independent and Servlets are designed for a various protocols. Most commonly used HTTP protocols. Servlets uses the classes in the java packages javax.servlet, javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest, javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse, javax.servlet.http.HttpSession;. All servlets must implement the Servlet interface, which defines life-cycle methods.

41.Servlet is pure java object or not?

Yes, pure java object.

42. What are the phases of the servlet life cycle?

The life cycle of a servlet consists of the following phases:
Servlet class loading
Servlet instantiation
the init method
Request handling (call the service method)
Removal from service (call the destroy method)

43.What must be implemented by all Servlets?

The Servlet Interface must be implemented by all servlets.

44.What are the implicit objects?

Implicit objects are objects that are created by the web container and contain information related to a particular request, page, or application. They are: request, response, pageContext, session, application, out, config, page, exception.

45.Is JSP technology extensible?

Yes. JSP technology is extensible through the development of custom actions, or tags, which are encapsulated in tag libraries.

46.How can I implement a thread-safe JSP page? What are the advantages and Disadvantages of using it?

You can make your JSPs thread-safe by having them implement the SingleThreadModel interface. This is done by adding the directive <%@ page isThreadSafe="false" %> within your JSP page. With this, instead of a single instance of the servlet generated for your JSP page loaded in memory, you will have N instances of the servlet loaded and initialized, with the service method of each instance effectively synchronized. You can typically control the number of instances (N) that are instantiated for all servlets implementing SingleThreadModel through the admin screen for your JSP engine. More importantly, avoid using the <%! DECLARE %>tag for variables. If you do use this tag, then you should set isThreadSafe to true, as mentioned above. Otherwise, all requests to that page will access those variables, causing a nasty race condition. SingleThreadModel is not recommended for normal use. There are many pitfalls, including the example above of not being able to use <%! %>. You should try really hard to make them threadsafe the old fashioned way: by making them thread-safe

47.How does JSP handle run-time exceptions?

You can use the errorPage attribute of the page directive to have uncaught run-time exceptions automatically forwarded to an error processing page. For example: <%@ page errorPage="error.jsp" %>
redirects the browser to the JSP page error.jsp if an uncaught exception is encountered during request processing. Within error.jsp, if you indicate that it is an error-processing page, via the directive: <%@ page isErrorPage="true" %> Throwable object describing the exception may be accessed within the error page via the exception implicit object. Note: You must always use a relative URL as the value for the errorPage attribute.

48.How do I prevent the output of my JSP or Servlet pages from being cached by the browser?

You will need to set the appropriate HTTP header attributes to prevent the dynamic content output by the JSP page from being cached by the browser. Just execute the following scriptlet at the beginning of your JSP pages to prevent them from being cached at the browser. You need both the statements to take care of some of the older browser versions.
response.setHeader("Cache-Control","no-store"); //HTTP 1.1
response.setHeader("Pragma","no-cache"); //HTTP 1.0
response.setDateHeader ("Expires", 0); //prevents caching at the proxy server

49.Response has already been commited error. What does it mean?

This error show only when you try to redirect a page after you already have written something in your page. This happens because HTTP specification force the header to be set up before the lay out of the page can be shown (to make sure of how it should be displayed, content-type=”text/html” or “text/xml” or “plain-text” or “image/jpg”, etc.) When you try to send a redirect status (Number is line_status_402), your HTTP server cannot send it right now if it hasn’t finished to set up the header. If not starter to set up the header, there are no problems, but if it ’s already begin to set up the header, then your HTTP server expects these headers to be finished setting up and it cannot be the case if the stream of the page is not over… In this last case it’s like you have a file started with <HTML Tag><Some Headers><Body>some output (like testing your variables.) Before you indicate that the file is over (and before the size of the page can be setted up in the header), you try to send a redirect status. It s simply impossible due to the specification of HTTP 1.0 and 1.1
How do I use a scriptlet to initialize a newly instantiated bean? - A jsp:useBean action may optionally have a body. If the body is specified, its contents will be automatically invoked when the specified bean is instantiated. Typically, the body will contain scriptlets or jsp:setProperty tags to initialize the newly instantiated bean, although you are not restricted to using those alone.
The following example shows the “today” property of the Foo bean initialized to the current date when it is instantiated. Note that here, we make use of a JSP expression within the jsp:setProperty action.

50.How can I declare methods within my JSP page?

You can declare methods for use within your JSP page as declarations. The methods can then be invoked within any other methods you declare, or within JSP scriptlets and expressions. Do note that you do not have direct access to any of the JSP implicit objects like request, response, session and so forth from within JSP methods. However, you should be able to pass any of the implicit JSP variables as parameters to the methods you declare.

51.Is there a way I can set the inactivity lease period on a per-session basis?

Typically, a default inactivity lease period for all sessions is set within your JSP engine admin screen or associated properties file. However, if your JSP engine supports the Servlet 2.1 API, you can manage the inactivity lease period on a per-session basis. This is done by invoking the HttpSession.setMaxInactiveInterval() method, right after the session has been created.

52.What are the advantages of JSP over Servlet?

JSP is a serverside technology to make content generation a simple appear.The advantage of JSP is that they are document-centric. Servlets, on the other hand, look and act like programs. A Java Server Page can contain Java program fragments that instantiate and execute Java classes, but these occur inside an HTML template file and are primarily used to generate dynamic content. Some of the JSP functionality can be achieved on the client, using JavaScript. The power of JSP is that it is server-based and provides a framework for Web application development.

53.What is the life-cycle of JSP?

When a request is mapped to a JSP page for the first time, it translates the JSP page into a servlet class and compiles the class. It is this servlet that services the client requests.
A JSP page has seven phases in its lifecycle, as listed below in the sequence of occurrence:
Loading the class
Instantiating the class
jspInit() invocation
_jspService() invocation
jspDestroy() invocation

54.What is the jspInit() method?

The jspInit() method of the javax.servlet.jsp.JspPage interface is similar to the init() method of servlets. This method is invoked by the container only once when a JSP page is initialized. It can be overridden by a page author to initialize resources such as database and network connections, and to allow a JSP page to read persistent configuration data.

55.What is the _jspService() method?

sThe _jspService() method of the javax.servlet.jsp.HttpJspPage interface is invoked every time a new request comes to a JSP page. This method takes the HttpServletRequest and HttpServletResponse objects as its arguments. A page author cannot override this method, as its implementation is provided by the container.

56.What is the jspDestroy() method?

The jspDestroy() method of the javax.servlet.jsp.JspPage interface is invoked by the container when a JSP page is about to be destroyed. This method is similar to the destroy() method of servlets. It can be overridden by a page author to perform any cleanup operation such as closing a database connection.

57.What JSP lifecycle methods can I override?

You cannot override the _jspService() method within a JSP page. You can however, override the jspInit() and jspDestroy() methods within a JSP page. jspInit() can be useful for allocating resources like database connections, network connections, and so forth for the JSP page. It is good programming practice to free any allocated resources within jspDestroy().

58.What are implicit objects in JSP?

Implicit objects in JSP are the Java objects that the JSP Container makes available to developers in each page. These objects need not be declared or instantiated by the JSP author. They are automatically instantiated by the container and are accessed using standard variables; hence, they are called implicit objects.The implicit objects available in JSP are as follows:
The implicit objects are parsed by the container and inserted into the generated servlet code. They are available only within the jspService method and not in any declaration.

59..What are JSP directives?

JSP directives are messages for the JSP engine. i.e., JSP directives serve as a message from a JSP page to the JSP container and control the processing of the entire page
They are used to set global values such as a class declaration, method implementation, output content type, etc.
They do not produce any output to the client.
Directives are always enclosed within <%@ ….. %> tag.

60.What is page directive?

A page directive is to inform the JSP engine about the headers or facilities that page should get from the environment.
Typically, the page directive is found at the top of almost all of our JSP pages.
There can be any number of page directives within a JSP page (although the attribute – value pair must be unique).
The syntax of the include directive is: <%@ page attribute="value">
Example:<%@ include file="header.jsp" %>

61.What are the attributes of page directive?

There are thirteen attributes defined for a page directive of which the important attributes are as follows:
import: It specifies the packages that are to be imported.
session: It specifies whether a session data is available to the JSP page.
contentType: It allows a user to set the content-type for a page.
isELIgnored: It specifies whether the EL expressions are ignored when a JSP is translated to a servlet.
Ex: page directive, include directive, etc.

62.What is the include directive?

There are thirteen attributes defined for a page directive of which the important attributes are as follows:
The include directive is used to statically insert the contents of a resource into the current JSP.
This enables a user to reuse the code without duplicating it, and includes the contents of the specified file at the translation time.
The syntax of the include directive is as follows:
<%@ include file = "FileName" %>
This directive has only one attribute called file that specifies the name of the file to be included.

63.What are the JSP standard actions?

The JSP standard actions affect the overall runtime behavior of a JSP page and also the response sent back to the client.
They can be used to include a file at the request time, to find or instantiate a JavaBean, to forward a request to a new page, to generate a browser-specific code, etc.
Ex: include, forward, useBean,etc. object

64.What are the standard actions available in JSP?

The standard actions available in JSP are as follows:
<jsp:include>: It includes a response from a servlet or a JSP page into the current page. It differs from an include directive in that it includes a resource at request processing time, whereas the include directive includes a resource at translation time.
<jsp:forward>: It forwards a response from a servlet or a JSP page to another page.
<jsp:useBean>: It makes a JavaBean available to a page and instantiates the bean.
<jsp:setProperty>: It sets the properties for a JavaBean.
<jsp:getProperty>: It gets the value of a property from a JavaBean component and adds it to the response.
<jsp:param>: It is used in conjunction with <jsp:forward>;, <jsp:, or plugin>; to add a parameter to a request. These parameters are provided using the name-value pairs.
<jsp:plugin>: It is used to include a Java applet or a JavaBean in the current JSP page.

65.what are the scopes available in <jsp:useBean>?

The scopes available in <jsp:useBean> are as follows:
page scope:: It specifies that the object will be available for the entire JSP page but not outside the page.
request scope: It specifies that the object will be associated with a particular request and exist as long as the request exists.
application scope: It specifies that the object will be available throughout the entire Web application but not outside the application.
session scope: It specifies that the object will be available throughout the session with a particular client.

66.What is the <jsp:useBean> standard action?

The <jsp:useBean> standard action is used to locate an existing JavaBean or to create a JavaBean if it does not exist. It has attributes to identify the object instance, to specify the lifetime of the bean, and to specify the fully qualified classpath and type.

67.What is the <jsp:forward> standard action?
The <jsp:forward> standard action forwards a response from a servlet or a JSP page to another page.
The execution of the current page is stopped and control is transferred to the forwarded page.
The syntax of the <jsp:forward> standard action is : 
<jsp:forward page="/targetPage" />
Here, targetPage can be a JSP page, an HTML page, or a servlet within the same context.
If anything is written to the output stream that is not buffered before <jsp:forward>, an IllegalStateException will be thrown.

68.What is the <jsp:include> standard action?
The <jsp:include> standard action enables the current JSP page to include a static or a dynamic resource at runtime. In contrast to the include directive, the include action is used for resources that change frequently. The resource to be included must be in the same context.The syntax of the <jsp:include> standard action is as follows:
<jsp:include page="targetPage" flush="true"/>
Here, targetPage is the page to be included in the current JSP.

69.Differentiate between pageContext.include and jsp:include?

The <jsp:include> standard action and the pageContext.include() method are both used to include resources at runtime. However, the pageContext.include() method always flushes the output of the current page before including the other components, whereas <jsp:include> flushes the output of the current page only if the value of flush is explicitly set to true as follows:
         <jsp:include page="/index.jsp" flush="true"/>

70.What is the jsp:setProperty action?

You use jsp:setProperty to give values to properties of beans that have been referenced earlier. You can do this in two contexts. First, you can use jsp:setProperty after, but outside of, a jsp:useBean element, as below:
<jsp:useBean id="myName" ... />
<jsp:setProperty name="myName" property="myProperty" ... />
In this case, the jsp:setProperty is executed regardless of whether a new bean was instantiated or an existing bean was found.

71.What is the jsp:getProperty action?

The <jsp:getProperty> action is used to access the properties of a bean that was set using the <jsp:getProperty> action. The container converts the property to a String as follows:
If it is an object, it uses the toString() method to convert it to a String.
If it is a primitive, it converts it directly to a String using the valueOf() method of the corresponding Wrapper class.
The syntax of the <jsp:getProperty> method is: <jsp:getProperty name="Name" property="Property" />
Here, name is the id of the bean from which the property was set. The property attribute is the property to get. A user must create or locate a bean using the <jsp:useBean> action before using the <jsp:getProperty> action.

72.What is the <jsp:param> standard action?

The <jsp:param> standard action is used with <jsp:include> or <jsp:forward> to pass parameter names and values to the target resource. The syntax of the <jsp:param> standard action is as follows:
<jsp:param name="paramName" value="paramValue"/>

73.What is the jsp:plugin action ?

This action lets you insert the browser-specific OBJECT or EMBED element needed to specify that the browser run an applet using the Java plugin.

74.What are scripting elements?

JSP scripting elements let you insert Java code into the servlet that will be generated from the current JSP page. There are three forms:
Expressions of the form <%= expression %> that are evaluated and inserted into the output,
Scriptlets of the form <% code %> that are inserted into the servlet's service method,
Declarations of the form <%! code %> that are inserted into the body of the servlet class, outside of any existing methods.

75.What is a scriptlet?

A scriptlet contains Java code that is executed every time a JSP is invoked. When a JSP is translated to a servlet, the scriptlet code goes into the service() method. Hence, methods and variables written in scriptlets are local to the service() method. A scriptlet is written between the <% and %> tags and is executed by the container at request processing time.

76.What are JSP declarations?

As the name implies, JSP declarations are used to declare class variables and methods in a JSP page. They are initialized when the class is initialized. Anything defined in a declaration is available for the whole JSP page. A declaration block is enclosed between the <%! and %> tags. A declaration is not included in the service() method when a JSP is translated to a servlet.

77.What is a JSP expression?

A JSP expression is used to write an output without using the out.print statement. It can be said as a shorthand representation for scriptlets. An expression is written between the <%= and %> tags. It is not required to end the expression with a semicolon, as it implicitly adds a semicolon to all the expressions within the expression tags.

78.How is scripting disabled?

Scripting is disabled by setting the scripting-invalid element of the deployment descriptor to true. It is a subelement of jsp-property-group. Its valid values are true and false. The syntax for disabling scripting is as follows:

79.Explain the directory structure of a web application.

The directory structure of a web application consists of two parts.
A private directory called WEB-INF
A public resource directory which contains public resource folder.
WEB-INF folder consists of
1. web.xml
2. classes directory
3. lib directory
80.What are the common mechanisms used for session tracking?

SSL sessions
URL- rewriting
81.Explain ServletContext.

ServletContext interface is a window for a servlet to view it's environment. A servlet can use this interface to get information such as initialization parameters for the web applicationor servlet container's version. Every web application has one and only one ServletContext and is accessible to all active resource of that application.
82.What is preinitialization of a servlet?

A container doesnot initialize the servlets ass soon as it starts up, it initializes a servlet when it receives a request for that servlet first time. This is called lazy loading. The servlet specification defines the <load-on-startup> element, which can be specified in the deployment descriptor to make the servlet container load and initialize the servlet as soon as it starts up. The process of loading a servlet before any request comes in is called preloading or preinitializing a servlet.
83.What is the difference between Difference between doGet() and doPost()?

A doGet() method is limited with 2k of data to be sent, and doPost() method doesn't have this limitation. A request string for doGet() looks like the following:

doPost() method call doesn't need a long text tail after a servlet name in a request. All parameters are stored in a request itself, not in a request string, and it's impossible to guess the data transmitted to a servlet only looking at a request string.

84.What is the difference between HttpServlet and GenericServlet?

A GenericServlet has a service() method aimed to handle requests. HttpServlet extends GenericServlet and adds support for doGet(), doPost(), doHead() methods (HTTP 1.0) plus doPut(), doOptions(), doDelete(), doTrace() methods (HTTP 1.1).
Both these classes are abstract.
85.What is the difference between ServletContext and ServletConfig?

ServletContext: Defines a set of methods that a servlet uses to communicate with its servlet container, for example, to get the MIME type of a file, dispatch requests, or write to a log file.The ServletContext object is contained within the ServletConfig object, which the Web server provides the servlet when the servlet is initialized

86.What are the classes and interfaces for servlets?

There are two packages in servlets and they are javax.servlet and javax.servlet.http.
Javax.servlet contains:
Interfaces Classes
Servlet Generic Servlet
ServletRequest ServletInputStream
ServletResponse ServletOutputStream
ServletConfig ServletException
ServletContext UnavailableException

Javax.servlet.http contains:
Interfaces Classes
HttpServletRequest Cookie
HttpServletResponse HttpServlet
HttpSession HttpSessionBindingEvent
HttpSessionContext HttpUtils

87.What is the difference between an applet and a servlet?

a) Servlets are to servers what applets are to browsers.
b) Applets must have graphical user interfaces whereas servlets have no graphical user interfaces.

88.what is the lifecycle of a servlet.

Each Servlet has the same life cycle:
a) A server loads and initializes the servlet by init () method.
b) The servlet handles zero or more client’s requests through service( ) method.
c) The server removes the servlet through destroy() method.

89.What is the ServletConfig() and why are using ServletConfig ?

This interface is implemented by services in order to pass configuration information to a servlet when it is first loaded.A service writer implementing this interface must write methods
for the servlet to use to get its initialization parameters and the context in which it is running.
public interface ServletConfig

90.what are the different methods in HttpServlet.


91.what is the difference between GET and POST.

a) doGet() method is used to get information, while doPost( ) method is used for posting information.
b) doGet() requests can’t send large amount of information and is limited to 240-255 characters. However,
doPost( )requests passes all of its data, of unlimited length.
c) A doGet( ) request is appended to the request URL in a query string and this allows the exchange is visible to the client, whereas a doPost() request passes directly over the socket connection as part of its HTTP request body and the exchange are invisible to the client.

92.What is meant by the ServletContext() and use of the method ?

public interface ServletContext
The ServletContext interface gives servlets access to information about their environment ,and allows them to log significant events. Servlet writers decide what data to log. The interface is implemented by services, and used by servlets. Different virtual hosts should have different servlet

93.What is use of parseQueryString ?

Parses a query string and builds a hashtable of key-value pairs, where the values are arrays
of strings. The query string should have the form of a string packaged by the GET or POST method.
(For example, it should have its key-value pairs delimited by ampersands (&) and its keys
separated from its values by equal signs (=).)

public static Hashtable parseQueryString(String s)

94.what are the types of servlets.

Genereic Servlets,HttpServlets.

95.What are cookies and how will you use them?

Cookies are a mechanism that a servlet uses to have a client hold a small amount of state-information
associated with the user.

a) Create a cookie with the Cookie constructor:
public Cookie(String name, String value)

b) A servlet can send a cookie to the client by passing a Cookie object to the addCookie() method of
public void HttpServletResponse.addCookie(Cookie cookie)

c) A servlet retrieves cookies by calling the getCookies() method of HttpServletRequest:
public Cookie[ ] HttpServletRequest.getCookie( ).

96.How many Cookies is supported to the host ?

User agents excepted to support twenty per host.And its take four Kilobytes each.

97.What is the use of setComment and getComment methods in Cookies ?

setComment:If a user agent (web browser) presents this cookie to a user, the cookie's purpose will be described using this comment. This is not supported by version zero cookies.

public void setComment(String use)
Returns the comment describing the purpose of this cookie, or null if no such comment has been defined.

98.Why do you need both GET and POST method implementations in Servlet?

A single servlet can be called from differenr HTML pages,so Different method calls can be possible.

99.If you want to modify the servlet,will the Webserver need to be ShutDown.


100.What is the uses Sessions ?

Its a part of the SessionTracking and it is for mainting the client state at server side.

101.What are the advantage of using Sessions over Cookies and URLReWriting?

Sessions are more secure and fast becasue they are stored at serverside. But Sessions has to be used combindly with Cookies or URLReWriting for mainting the client id that is sessionid at client side.
Cookies are stored at client side so some clients may disable cookies so we may not sure that the
cookies which we are mainting may work or not but in sessions cookies are disable we can maintain
our sessionid using URLReWriting .In URLReWriting we can't maintain large data because it leads to network traffic and access may be
become slow.Where as in seesions will not maintain the data which we have to maintain instead
we will maintain only the session id.

102. What is session tracking and how do you track a user session in servlets?

Session tracking is a mechanism that servlets use to maintain state about a series requests
from the same user across some period of time. The methods used for session tracking are:

a) User Authentication - occurs when a web server restricts access to some of its resources to only those clients that log in using a recognized username and password

b) Hidden form fields - fields are added to an HTML form that are not displayed in the client’s browser. When the form containing the fields is submitted, the fields are sent back to the server

c) URL rewriting - every URL that the user clicks on is dynamically modified or rewritten to include extra information. The extra information can be in the form of extra path information, added parameters or some custom, server-specific URL change.

d) Cookies - a bit of information that is sent by a web server to a browser and which can later be read back from that browser.

e) HttpSession- places a limit on the number of sessions that can exist in memory. This limit is set in the session.maxresidents property

103.What is Cookies and what is the use of Cookies ?

Cookies are used to get user agents (web browsers etc) to hold small amounts of state
associated with a user's web browsing.Later that infromation read by server

104.What is the advantage of Servlets over other serverside technologies.

PlatForm independent, so once compiled can be used in any webserver.For different processes different threads will execute inbuilt mutithreaded.

105.What is Server-Side Includes (SSI)?

Server-Side Includes allows embedding servlets within HTML pages using a special servlet tag. In many
servlets that support servlets, a page can be processed by the server to include output from servlets at certain
points inside the HTML page. This is accomplished using a special internal SSINCLUDE, which processes
the servlet tags. SSINCLUDE servlet will be invoked whenever a file with an. shtml extension is requested.
So HTML files that include server-side includes must be stored with an .shtml extension.

106.What is Single Threaded Model in Servlets and how is it useful give one practical example.

For every single user a differnt copy of this servlet is executed. Credit card transactions.

107.Why we are used setMaxAge() and getMaxAge() in Cookies ?

public void setMaxAge(int expiry)
Sets the maximum age of the cookie.The cookie will expire after that many seconds have passed.Negative values indicate the default behaviour:the cookie is not stored persistently, and will be deleted when the user agent exits.A zero value causes the cookie to be deleted
public int getMaxAge()
Returns the maximum specified age of the cookie. If none was specified, a negative value is returned, indicating the default behaviour described with setMaxAge.

108.What is the use of setSecure() and getSecure() in Cookies ?

Indicates to the user agent that the cookie should only be sent using a secure protocol (https). This should only be set when the cookie's originating server used a secure protocol to set the cookie's value.
public void setSecure(boolean flag)

Returns the value of the 'secure' flag.
public boolean getSecure()

109.What is meant by Httpsession and what is the use of sessions ?

The HttpSession interface is implemented by services to provide an association between an HTTP client and HTTP server. This session, persists over multiple connections and/or requests during a given time period. Sessions are used to maintain state and user identity across multiple page requests.
HttpSession session = req.getSession(true);

110.When init() and Distroy() will be called.

init() is called whenever the servlet is loaded for the first time into the webserver.Destroy will be called whenever the servlet is removed from the webserver.

111.Who is loading the init() method of servlet?

Web server

112. What are the methods in HttpSession and use of those methods?

a) getCreationTime()
Returns the time at which this session representation was created.

b) getId()
Returns the identifier assigned to this session.

c) getLastAccessedTime()
Returns the last time the client sent a request carrying the identifier assigned to the session.

d) getSessionContext()
Returns the context in which this session is bound.

e) getValue(String)
Returns the object bound to the given name in the session's application layer data.

f) getValueNames()
Returns an array of the names of all the application layer data objects bound into the

g) invalidate()
Causes this representation of the session to be invalidated and removed from its context.

h) isNew()
A session is considered to be "new" if it has been created by the server, but the client has
not yet acknowledged joining the session.

j) putValue(String, Object)
Binds the specified object into the session's application layer data with the given name.

k) removeValue(String)
Removes the object bound to the given name in the session's application layer data.

113. How do you communicate between the servlets.

a)servlet chaning
b)Servlet context(RequestDespatcher interface)

114.Can you send the mail from a servlet ,if yes tell how?

yes.using mail API

115.How do you access variables across the sessions.

Through ServletContext.

116.How do you trap the debug the errors in servlets.

error log file

117.How do you debug the Servlet?

through servlet log();

118.where the session data will store?

session objects

119.What is Servlet Context?

This object represents resources shared by a group of servlets like servlet's environment,
Application attributes shared in the context level.

120.How do u implement threads in servlet?

Intenally implemented.

121.How do you handle DataBase access and in which method of the servlet do you like to create connection.


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