Implicit Objects

Implicit objects provide access to many servlet capabilities in the context of a JavaServer Page. Implicit objects have four scopes: application, page, request and session. The JSP container owns objects with application scope. Any JSP can manipulate such objects. Objects with page scope exist only in the page that defines them. Each page has its own instances of the page-scope implicit objects. Objects with request scope exist for the duration of the request. For example, a JSP can partially process a request, then forward it to a servlet or another JSP for further processing. Request-scope objects go out of scope when request processing completes with a response to the client. Objects with session scope exist for the client's entire browsing session. Figure 27.2 describes the JSP implicit objects and their scopes. This chapter demonstrates several of these objects.

Figure 27.2. JSP implicit objects.

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Implicit object


Application Scope



A javax.servlet.ServletContext object that represents the container in which the JSP executes.

Page Scope



A javax.servlet.ServletConfig object that represents the JSP configuration options. As with servlets, configuration options can be specified in a Web application descriptor.


A java.lang.Throwable object that represents an exception that is passed to a JSP error page. This object is available only in a JSP error page.


A javax.servlet.jsp.JspWriter object that writes text as part of the response to a request. This object is used implicitly with JSP expressions and actions that insert string content in a response.


An Object that represents the this reference for the current JSP instance.


A javax.servlet.jsp.PageContext object that provides JSP programmers with access to the implicit objects discussed in this table.


An object that represents the response to the client and is normally an instance of a class that implements HttpServletResponse (package javax.servlet.http). If a protocol other than HTTP is used, this object is an instance of a class that implements javax.servlet.ServletResponse.

Request Scope



An object that represents the client request and is normally an instance of a class that implements HttpServletRequest (package javax.servlet.http). If a protocol other than HTTP is used, this object is an instance of a subclass of javax.servlet.Servlet-Request.

Session Scope



A javax.servlet.http.HttpSession object that represents the client session information if such a session has been created. This object is available only in pages that participate in a session.

Note that many of the implicit objects extend classes or implement interfaces discussed in Chapter 26. Thus, JSPs can use the same methods that servlets use to interact with such objects, as described in Chapter 26. Most of the examples in this chapter use one or more of the implicit objects in Fig. 27.2.

Introduction to Computers, the Internet and the World Wide Web

Introduction to Java Applications

Introduction to Classes and Objects

Control Statements: Part I

Control Statements: Part 2

Methods: A Deeper Look


Classes and Objects: A Deeper Look

Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance

Object-Oriented Programming: Polymorphism

GUI Components: Part 1

Graphics and Java 2D™

Exception Handling

Files and Streams


Searching and Sorting

Data Structures



Introduction to Java Applets

Multimedia: Applets and Applications

GUI Components: Part 2



Accessing Databases with JDBC


JavaServer Pages (JSP)

Formatted Output

Strings, Characters and Regular Expressions

Appendix A. Operator Precedence Chart

Appendix B. ASCII Character Set

Appendix C. Keywords and Reserved Words

Appendix D. Primitive Types

Appendix E. (On CD) Number Systems

Appendix F. (On CD) Unicode®

Appendix G. Using the Java API Documentation

Appendix H. (On CD) Creating Documentation with javadoc

Appendix I. (On CD) Bit Manipulation

Appendix J. (On CD) ATM Case Study Code

Appendix K. (On CD) Labeled break and continue Statements

Appendix L. (On CD) UML 2: Additional Diagram Types

Appendix M. (On CD) Design Patterns

Appendix N. Using the Debugger

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