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Web tier: servlets, JSP, Web frameworks: Servlet best practices for scalability

  1. Servlet best practices for scalability (2 messages)

    The clustering promotes high availability and scalability. The considerations for servlet clustering are:

    --Objects stored in a session should be serializable to support in-memory replication of sessions. Also consider the overhead of serializing very large objects. Test the performance to make sure it is acceptable.

    -- Design for idempotence. Failure of a request or impatient users clicking again can result in duplicate requests being submitted. So the Servlets should be able to tolerate duplicate requests.

    -- Avoid using instance and static variables in read and write mode because different instances may exist on different JVMs. Any state should be held in an external resource such as a database.

    -- Avoid storing values in a ServletContext. A ServletContext is not serializable and also the different instances may exist in different JVMs.

    -- Avoid using java.io.* because the files may not exist on all backend machines. Instead use getResourceAsStream().


    -- By Author of the book "Java/J2EE Job Interview Companion" at http://www.lulu.com/java-success.
  2. Are you trying to just plug your books?
  3. ServletContext as an interface is not serializable but finally it depends on the implementaion of ServletContext by the container . Hence if the implementation is serializable it can still be passed across JVMs for clustering .

    Cheers
    Debashish