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Invoking JavaServer Pages from MIDlets
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Now, let's see how to write a midlet to invoke this JSP page. We will invoke it using the POST request method, meaning that the data to be sent to the JSP page is not encoded with the URL, but rather sent as a separate message. The MIDlet is shown in Listing 2.

Listing 2: InvokeJSPMidlet.java

import javax.microedition.lcdui.*;
import javax.microedition.midlet.*;
import javax.microedition.io.*;
import java.io.*;

public class InvokeJSPMidlet extends MIDlet implements CommandListener {
  Display display = null;

  // name field  
  TextField name = null;

  Form form;

  String url = "";
  static final Command callCommand = new Command("date?", Command.OK, 2);
  static final Command clearCommand = new Command("clear", Command.STOP, 2);

  String myname;

  public InvokeJSPMidlet() {
   display = Display.getDisplay(this);
   name = new TextField("Name:", " ", 25, TextField.ANY);
   form = new Form("Invoke JSP");


  public void startApp() throws MIDletStateChangeException {

  public void pauseApp() {

  public void destroyApp(boolean unconditional) {

  void invokeJSP(String url) throws IOException {
    HttpConnection c = null;
    InputStream is = null;
    OutputStream os = null;
    StringBuffer b = new StringBuffer();
    TextBox t = null;
    try {
     c = (HttpConnection)Connector.open(url);
     c.setRequestProperty("IF-Modified-Since", "25 Nov 2001 15:17:19 GMT");
     c.setRequestProperty("User-Agent","Profile/MIDP-1.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0");
     c.setRequestProperty("Content-Language", "en-CA");
     c.setRequestProperty("Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded");
     os = c.openOutputStream();

     is = c.openDataInputStream();
     int ch;
     while ((ch = is.read()) != -1) {
      b.append((char) ch);
     t = new TextBox("Date", b.toString(), 1024, 0);
    } finally {
     if(is!= null) {
     if(os != null) {
     if(c != null) {

public void commandAction(Command c, Displayable d) {
   String label = c.getLabel();
   if(label.equals("clear")) {
   } else if (label.equals("date?")) {
     myname = name.getString();
     try {
     }catch(IOException e) {}

The InvokeJSPMidlet specifies the URL for the JSP page to be invoked, then creates two command buttons. A text field is created where the user would enter his or her name. In the invokeJSP() method, an HTTP connection to the URL is established, and I/O streams are created. The MIDlet uses the output stream to send data to the JSP page and uses its input stream to receive data from the JSP page. Note that we are sending the name to the JSP page just to illustrate to you how data can be communicated between MIDlets and JSPs.

The most important thing to note in Listing 2 is that in order for the JSP page to use getParameter() to retrieve the value for the name variable, you must set the Content-Type property to application/x-www-form-urlencoded.


To test this application, compile the InvokeJSPMidlet using your favourite MIDlet development tool (I am using Sun's Wireless Toolkit) and run it. Once it runs, enter some name, and if everything goes well, you should see something similar to Figure 1.

i85s display.
Figure 1: InvokeJSPMidlet running on an i85s


i85s display.
Figure 2: today.jsp invoked.

Now, you need to deploy the today.jsp page on a Web server (I am using Tomcat). Once this is done, you can press the soft button associated with "date?" to invokde the JSP page. If all goes well, you should see something similar to Figure 2.


Related Reading

Learning Wireless JavaLearning Wireless Java
By Qusay H. Mahmoud
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This article shows how to invoke JavaServer Pages from MIDlets. The InvokeJSPMidlet framework can be easily adapted to invoke other JSPs. Note, however, that most JSPs work with HTML, but if you do not have a browser to handle HTML on the device, then XML is an attractive alternative since MIDlets can parse XML documents, and that is the topic of another article.

Qusay Mahmoud is the author of Learning Wireless Java for O'Reilly, and Distributed Programming with Java for Manning Publications.

O'Reilly & Associates will soon release (December 2001) Learning Wireless Java: Help for New J2ME Developers.

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