Chapter 16. Servlets


In the development of Web-based applications using Java, servlets are a key technology that can simplify the delivery and construction of dynamic content. The focus over the years has shifted from primarily a delivery mechanism for dynamic HTML content, to being the centerpiece of Web applications designed to deliver dynamic content in various formats (WML, HTML, XML) that are self-contained and easily deployed.

A Web application defines a rigid directory organization containing the following components that can be read by any server that understands the defined structure:

  • Java servlets

  • Java Server Pages (JSP) ...

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