Views and resolving them - Java-Springs

As mentioned previously, Spring Portlet MVC directly reuses all the view technologies from Spring We MVC. This includes not only the various View implementations themselves, but also the View Resolver implementations.

A few items on using the existing View and ViewResolver implementations are worth mentioning:

  • Most portals expect the result of rendering a portlet to be an HTML fragment. So, things like JSP/JSTL, Velocity, FreeMarker, and XSLT all make sense. But it is unlikely that views that return other document types will make any sense in a portlet context.
  • There is no such thing as an HTTP redirect from within a portlet (the sendRedirect(..) method of ActionResponse cannot be used to stay within the portal). So, RedirectView and use of the 'redirect:' prefix will not work correctly from within Portlet MVC.
  • It may be possible to use the 'forward:' prefix from within Portlet MVC. However, remember that since you are in a portlet, you have no idea what the current URL looks like. This means you cannot use a relative URL to access other resources in your web application and that you will have to use an absolute URL.

Also, for JSP development, the new Spring Taglib and the new Spring Form Taglib both work in portlet views in exactly the same way that they work in servlet views.

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