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11.4. Recap

To summarize, there are three sorts of interservlet communication:

  • Servlet manipulation, where one servlet directly invokes the methods of another. These servlets can get references to other servlets using getServletNames() and getServlet(String name), but they must be careful not to use stale references to servlets that have been reloaded.

  • Servlet reuse, where one servlet uses another's abilities for its own purposes. In some cases, this requires forcing a servlet load using a manual HTTP request. These servlets also have to be careful not to use stale references.

  • Servlet collaboration, where cooperating servlets share information. Servlets can share information using the system properties list (saving strings or objects), using a shared object (a singleton found in the server's classpath), or using inheritance.

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