Januari 05, 2010

MVC Without Framework: JSP and Servlets Integration


This post is used to showcase a MVC pattern for web development without framework. Its functionality is display a random number which is set by a bean and populated by a servlet. I use the source code from book “Core Servlets and Java Server Pages” – chapter 15, which is available online at http://pdf.coreservlets.com/. Credits should goes to Marty Hall and Larry Brown, I only make some minor replacement (for Tomcat 6.0.20) and more details instruction for the shake of my student’s clearlyness.

Directory Structures and Files

[bpdp@bpdp-arch webapps]$ tree mvc/
 |-- classes
 |   |-- beans
 |   |   |-- NumberBean.class
 |   |   `-- NumberBean.java
 |   `-- servlets
 |       |-- RandomNumberServlet.class
 |       `-- RandomNumberServlet.java
 |-- views
 |   `-- RandomNum.jsp
 `-- web.xml
5 directories, 6 files
[bpdp@bpdp-arch webapps]$


package beans;

public class NumberBean {

 private double num = 0;

 public NumberBean(double number) {

 public double getNumber() {

 public void setNumber(double number) {
   num = number;


package servlets;

import java.io.*;
import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;
import beans.NumberBean;

/** Servlet that generates a random number, stores it in a bean,
 * and forwards to JSP page to display it.

public class RandomNumberServlet extends HttpServlet {
  public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
    HttpServletResponse response)
    throws ServletException, IOException {

    NumberBean bean = new NumberBean(Math.random());
    request.setAttribute("randomNum", bean);
    String address = "/WEB-INF/views/RandomNum.jsp";
    RequestDispatcher dispatcher = request.getRequestDispatcher(address);
    dispatcher.forward(request, response);


From these source code, you should know that I have prepare directory for views (only for JSP), servlets (all servlets), beans (all beans). That way, we can separate our application into 3 functionalities: Model (beans) – View (JSP) – and Controller (servlets). This will keep your mind stay organized.

Run Application

Execute the application by typing its URL: http://server:8080/mvc/randomize. Here’s the screenshot:


If you want to copy, the source code, have a look here: http://bambangpdp.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/mvc-without-framework-jsp-and-servlets-integration/


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