Java Servlet

April 14, 2012    blog servlet school

This is an error I had while working with a java servlet assignment for my Distributed Computing using Java class. I had to receive parameters entered by a user and then output the receipt. However, I was unable to receive the parameters correctly.


Not receiving parameters entered by a user on a webpage.


String sz = req.getParameter(“size”);
String[] tops = req.getParameterValues(“top”);
String ids = req.getParameter(“ID”);
int id = Integer.parseInt(ids);
String name = req.getParameter(“Name”);
String address = req.getParameter(“Shipping Address”);

out.println(“<html><head><title>Order Confirmation</title></head><body>”);
out.println(“Your order for a “);
out.println(sz + ” inch with “);
for(int i = 0; i < tops.length; i++) {
  out.println(tops[i] + ” “);
out.println(“<br>is on the way!<br>”);
out.println(“Shipping Address: “+ address);
out.println(“<p></p>Click <a href=’orderform.html’>here</a> to order another”);


Unable to perform operations or calculations when using user-entered values.


Have to put the parameters you want to receive inside form tags inside the java servlet page.

<form name=”form1″ action=”order.html”>

<input type=”radio” name=”size” value=”9″ checked=”checked” />9
<input type=”radio” name=”size” value=”12″ />12

<p> Topping</P>
<select name=”top” multiple=”multiple”>
<option value=”Mushroom”>Mushroom</option>
<option value=”Green Pepper”>Green Pepper</option>
<option value=”Tomato”>Tomato</option>
<p>Customer ID:</p>
<input type=”text” name=”ID” value=”” />
<p>Customer Name:</p>
<input type=”text” name=”Name” value=”” />
<p>Customer Address:</p>
<input type=”text” name=”Shipping Address” value=”” />

<p></p><input type=”submit” value=”Submit Order” name=”Submit” />