Class PageContext


public abstract class PageContext extends JspContext

PageContext extends JspContext to provide useful context information for when JSP technology is used in a Servlet environment.

A PageContext instance provides access to all the namespaces associated with a JSP page, provides access to several page attributes, as well as a layer above the implementation details. Implicit objects are added to the pageContext automatically.

The PageContext class is an abstract class, designed to be extended to provide implementation dependent implementations thereof, by conformant JSP engine runtime environments. A PageContext instance is obtained by a JSP implementation class by calling the JspFactory.getPageContext() method, and is released by calling JspFactory.releasePageContext().

An example of how PageContext, JspFactory, and other classes can be used within a JSP Page Implementation object is given elsewhere.

The PageContext provides a number of facilities to the page/component author and page implementor, including:

  • a single API to manage the various scoped namespaces
  • a number of convenience API's to access various public objects
  • a mechanism to obtain the JspWriter for output
  • a mechanism to manage session usage by the page
  • a mechanism to expose page directive attributes to the scripting environment
  • mechanisms to forward or include the current request to other active components in the application
  • a mechanism to handle errorpage exception processing

Methods Intended for Container Generated Code

Some methods are intended to be used by the code generated by the container, not by code written by JSP page authors, or JSP tag library authors.

The methods supporting lifecycle are initialize() and release()

The following methods enable the management of nested JspWriter streams to implement Tag Extensions: pushBody()

Methods Intended for JSP authors

The following methods provide convenient access to implicit objects: getException(), getPage() getRequest(), getResponse(), getSession(), getServletConfig() and getServletContext().

The following methods provide support for forwarding, inclusion and error handling: forward(), include(), and handlePageException().