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THREE (3) flavors of getInitParameter

 
John Strong
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As HFSJ points out (p.158) you get different results from the following two invocations:

getServletContext().getInitParameter("foo") (returns context init params),
getServletConfig().getInitParameters("foo") (returns servlet init params).

But there's a third option. Just write:

getInitParameters("foo") (uses method inherited directly from GenericServlet)

QUESTION: If I use the third optioin (i.e. the getInitParameters inherited directly from GenericServlet) does it return context params or servlet params?

Thanks,
- John Strong (pluviosilla@gmail.com)
 
John Strong
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I think I can answer my own question (duh).

getInitParameters(), inherited from Generic servlet, is the same as
getServletConfig().getInitParameters().

In other words, they both return init parameters within the scope of the servlet, i.e. stuff defined in the DD between tags like this:

<init-param> ... </init-param>

getServletContext().getInitParameters() returns parameters within the scope of the entire app, i.e. stuff defined in the DD between tags like this:

<context-param> ... </context-param>

Correct?
 
Bryan Basham
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Yes, John, you are correct. Good sluething in the code.
-Bryan
 
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