Java Ninja Chronicles By Norris Shelton

Things I learned in the pursuit of code

The servlet 3.0 spec defines a way to share webapp JSP resources via a dependent jar (See Servlet 3.0 spec, section 10.5)

If you have a Maven dependency that is a jar, you can package resources and have them available to webapps that use them as a dependency.

To share, /css/test.css, you need to place it in:

Any webapp that depends on that jar can access /css/test.css as if it was in the root of it’s own webapp.

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="<c:url value="/css/test.css" />">

Caveat, IntelliJ does not resolve /css/test.css as being within the current webapp. There was a ticket that was filed in 2011, but it doesn’t appear that it will ever be fixed.

Note, that if you are trying to use the included file as a tag file, it will need to have /WEB-INF/tags at the front of the included path.

January 24th, 2014

Posted In: IntelliJ, Maven, Servlet Spec

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