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website with a login page
Some sites require that all users log-in using a username and password, before being able to visit any page.
can be done using JSP sessions or servlets, and in fact this was a common
technique for a while. But starting with a new release of Servlets
specifications from Sun, this feature is now very simple to implement.
is no longer necessary to use JSP techniques to provide login/password
protection, but it is still a very common requirement of web sites, therefore a
brief overview is provided here.
password-protect your site, you just need to design a login page. This
page can be as simple or complicated as you need it to be. It must contain
tag, with the METHOD
set to POST
and the ACTION
set to "j_security_check".
is provided by the application server, and does not need to be coded.
form must contain two <INPUT>
fields, named j_username
respectively for the username and password. Typically, the username field
will be a TEXT
input field, and the password field will be a PASSWORD
After this, you must tell your application server to password protect your pages using the login page you have provided. The details will vary from server to server, but a good implementation will provide you hook that you can use, for example, to match usernames and passwords against a database. (E.g., in a website you can supply an implementation of the interface desisoft.deploy.AuthCheck to check usernames and passwords against a database or other sources.)
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