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which part of the servlet runs in new threads

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hi all,

in Head First servlets and jsp book it was given like this .A seperate thread is created on every request, and before service() method called a seperate thread is created and control is transferred to service() method().

Does this mean remaining parts of servlet are shared by multiple threads
simultaniously ?

If I declare a HashMap in a servlet class as an instance variable then will it be shared by multiple threads .

I refer this HashMap in doPost()


please tell in the above example if the HashMap h is shared by multiple threads .Is this the proper place to declare a HashMap in a servlet.

my application requirement after upload keep track of all uploaded file in a HashMap .So that when a user tries to delete using a link in the html page servlet shud delete that file only in the file system.
[ December 16, 2008: Message edited by: vijaya saradhi ]
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you are right that the HashMap will be shared by multiple threads. I don't think you can face problems with the specification of your code. But I am thinking about a case where two files with the same name are uploaded at the same time. There might be some more cases which I am not able to figure out . So for safety, I think you must synchronize the doPost method.
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Instance variables are shared by all threads. Since that HashMap is mutable (there's a "put" method), this code is not thread-safe. You need to synchronize access to it.

The doGet and doPost methods are called from the service method, so both can be run by multiple threads/requests simultaneously.
[ December 17, 2008: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
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