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Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition by Bert Bates, Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra

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You’re wondering how the Container found the Servlet...

Somehow, the URL that comes in as part of the request from the client is mapped to a specific servlet on the server. This mapping of URLs to servlets might be handled in a number of different ways, and it’s one of the most fundamental issues you’ll face as a web app developer. The user request must map to a particular servlet, and it’s up to you to understand and (usually) configure that mapping. What do you think?

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