JasonD JasonD - 1 year ago 36
HTML Question

Getting user input from HTML to Java servlet using Glassfish

This is my first attempt at HTML interaction with java. I Understand that i need to use a java servlet and an HTML index. I am doing this over a local glassfish 4 server.

What i would like is a simple user input to my javaEE (eclipse Mars) project
I am not positive how to do this. I have watched tutorials and read multiple guides but none explicitly explain the interaction. (This is why i know i need a servlet)

So here is my setup thus far, and i have no clue where to go from here.

Java servelet

package servletPackage1;
import java.io.IOException;

import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

public class GetUserInputServlet extends HttpServlet {
private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse resp)
throws ServletException, IOException{
String userInput = req.getParameter("UserInput");


Again i am not positive that this is even set up correctly, but How do i get the input from my index file?

Here is my index.jsp

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.12.2/jquery.min.js">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<form action="DATASEARCH/GetUserInputServlet" method="get">
Search for details:<br>
<input type="text" name="text/plain" value="Enter search criteria">

<input type="submit" class="btn-success btn-md" style="margin-right:5px" id="T1" value="Submit">


So i have found out that i need to have my deployment descriptor (web.xml file)
i have created one but i am still receiving a 404 upon submission. XML is below

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee" xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_3_0.xsd" id="WebApp_ID" version="3.0">

This will be connected to a much larger project (Which is finished and works perfectly) to search across a database. I only need to get the user input across a webapplication. NEW TO HTML also.

for an answer i am looking for:
A)What is wrong with what i have done? (i am getting a 404 error when i click my submit button)

B)how do get the input into a java variable caste as a string?

For now i will only be using ONE servlet as i only need access to a single user input from a single page. I do not understand this servlet mapping as well as i should but i can not find information on how to map. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer Source

You need to add servlet mapping in your deployment descriptor (web.xml)


This means that whenever you go to URL GetUserInputServlet, the control will be transferred to servlet named GetUserInputServlet.

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