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Tomcat 6 Developer's Guide by Damodar Chetty

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Implementing a custom class loader

Custom class loaders must extend the java.lang.ClassLoader abstract class and override its abstract findClass() method. Tomcat's WebappClassLoader overrides java.lang.URLClassLoader instead, which provides reasonable implementations for every method.

In this section, we will take a closer look at what makes a class loader tick.

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