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What are JSP Model 1 and Model 2 architectures?

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Question: What are JSP Model 1 and Model 2 architectures?

Answer: The JSP specification presents two approaches for building web applications using JSP pages: JSP Model 1 and Model 2 architectures. These two models differ in the location where the processing takes place. In Model 1 architecture, the JSP page is responsible for processing requests and sending back replies to clients.

The Model 2 architecture, integrates the use of both servlets and JSP pages. In this mode, JSP pages are used for the presentation layer, and servlets for processing tasks. The servlet acts as a controller responsible for processing requests and creating any beans needed by the JSP page. The controller is also responsible for deciding to which JSP page to forward the request. The JSP page retrieves objects created by the servlet and extracts dynamic content for insertion within a template.
This model promotes the use of the Model View Controller (MVC) architectural style design pattern. Note that several frameworks already exist that implement this useful design pattern, and that truly separate presentation from content. The Apache Struts is a formalized framework for MVC. This framework is best used for complex applications where a single request or form submission can result in substantially different-looking results.
The answer was found in the article "Servlets and JSP Pages Best Practices":
http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/javaserverpages/servlets_jsp/

If you are going to use Model 2 in your project I advise you to pay attention to Struts - an open source framework for building web applications.
Struts is part of the Apache Jakarta Project, sponsored by the Apache Software Foundation.
The core of the Struts framework is a flexible control layer based on standard technologies like Java Servlets, JavaBeans, ResourceBundles, and Extensible Markup Language (XML), as well as various Jakarta Commons packages. Struts encourages application architectures based on the Model 2 approach, a variation of the classic Model-View-Controller (MVC) design paradigm.

Struts provides its own Controller component and integrates with other technologies to provide the Model and the View. For the Model, Struts can interact with standard data access technologies, like Enterprise Java Beans and JDBC, as well as most any third-party packages, like Hibernate, iBATIS, or Object Relational Bridge. For the View, Struts works well with JavaServer Pages, including JSTL and JSF, as well as Velocity Templates, XSLT, and other presentation systems .

The Struts framework provides the invisible underpinnings every professional web application needs to survive. Struts helps you create an extensible development environment for your application, based on published standards and proven design patterns.
Struts can be taken here: http://jakarta.apache.org/struts/


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