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26<h1 class="topictitle1">Creating Filters</h1>
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kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000030<div><p>The filters wizard helps you to create Java™ servlet filters by walking you through
31the creation process and by providing you with output files that you can use
32or that you can modify for use with your Web application. The filters can
33run on Java EE-compliant Web servers.</p>
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kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000035<div class="section"> <p>To create a filter, complete the following steps: </p>
39<li class="stepexpand"><span>In the Java EE perspective, expand your <a href="ccwebprj.html" title="">dynamic project</a> in the Project Explorer view.</span>
42<li class="stepexpand"><span>Right click on the <strong>Filter</strong> icon, and select <span class="menucascade">
43<span class="uicontrol">New</span> &gt; <span class="uicontrol">Filter</span></span> from
44the pop-up menu.</span> The <span class="uicontrol">Create Filter</span> wizard
47<li class="stepexpand"><span>Follow the project wizard prompts.</span></li>
51<div class="section"><p><strong>General Information</strong></p>
kpricead5e1e92008-04-24 00:02:23 +000052<dl>
kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000053<dt class="dlterm">Modifiers</dt>
kpricead5e1e92008-04-24 00:02:23 +000054
kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000055<dd>The <cite>Sun Microsystems Java Servlet 2.3 Specification</cite> states
56that a Servlet class must be <strong>public</strong> and not <strong>abstract</strong>. Therefore,
57you cannot change these modifiers. The only one available for change is the <strong>final</strong> modifier.</dd>
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kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000060<dt class="dlterm">Interfaces</dt>
kpricead5e1e92008-04-24 00:02:23 +000061
kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000062<dd>There is one obligatory interface that filter classes must implement: <strong>javax.servlet.Filter</strong>.
63This interface is provided by javax.servlet package and is used to represent
64the life-cycle of the filter. This interface has three methods: init, doFilter
65and destroy. <ul>
66<li>The <strong>init</strong> method is called by the servlet container only once, when
67it finishes instantiating the filter.</li>
69<li>The<strong>doFilter</strong> method is where the filtering is performed and is called
70every time a user requests a resource, such as a servlet, to which the filter
71is mapped.</li>
73<li>The <strong>destroy</strong> method is called by the servlet container to tell the
74filter that it will be taken out of service.</li>
77 Although, that the javax.servlet.Filter interface is provided in the <strong>Interfaces</strong> field
78by default, you can add additional interfaces to implement by using the <strong>Add</strong> button.</dd>
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kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000081<dt class="dlterm">Interface selection dialog</dt>
kpricead5e1e92008-04-24 00:02:23 +000082
kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000083<dd>This dialog appears if you select to add an interface to your filter.
84As you type the name of the interface that you are adding, a list of available
85interfaces listed in the <strong>Matching items</strong> list box updates dynamically
86to display only the interfaces that match the pattern. Choose an interface
87to see the qualifier, and then click <strong>OK</strong> when finished.</dd>
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kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000090<dt class="dlterm">Filter Mappings</dt>
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kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000092<dd>For a filter to intercept a request to a servlet, you must: <ol>
93<li>declare the filter with a <strong>&lt;filter&gt;</strong> element in the deployment
kpricead5e1e92008-04-24 00:02:23 +000095
kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +000096<li>map the filter to the servlet using the <strong>&lt;filter-mapping&gt;</strong>
100 Sometimes you want a filter to work on multiple servlets. You can do
101this by mapping a filter to a URL pattern so that any request that matches
102that URL pattern will be filtered. All this is made automatically if you use
103the <strong>Filter Mappings</strong> field.</dd>
106<dt class="dlterm">Method stubs</dt>
108<dd>Because each filter must implement the javax.servlet.Filter interface,
109the <strong>Inherited abstract methods</strong> option is always checked and cannot
110be changed.</dd>
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kprice96ee3b52008-05-15 00:05:07 +0000117<div><div class="relconcepts"><strong>Related concepts</strong><br />
118<div><a href="../topics/cwfiltbn.html">Filters</a></div>