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Java: Servlet

A servlet is a Java class that serves up HTML to a browser.

When a user goes to a URL containing the servlet, the doGet method will get the logic …

The request is what the browser sends to the servlet. The response is what the servlet sends back to the browser.

The servlet has a URL that corresponds to it.

You normally don’t write HTML to the servlet. You put your HTML into a java servlet page (jsp).

You put your web content inside the Web Content directory.

The JSP page is actually compiled into a servlet before the server runs it.

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