AbstractServlet allows HTTP server modules to be reused across multiple servers and allows encapsulation of functionality.

By default a servlet will respond to GET, HEAD (through an alias to GET) and OPTIONS requests.

By default a new servlet is initialized for every request. A servlet instance can be reused by overriding ::get_instance in the AbstractServlet subclass.

A Simple Servlet

class Simple < WEBrick::HTTPServlet::AbstractServlet
  def do_GET request, response
    status, content_type, body = do_stuff_with request

    response.status = status
    response['Content-Type'] = content_type
    response.body = body

  def do_stuff_with request
    return 200, 'text/plain', 'you got a page'

This servlet can be mounted on a server at a given path:

server.mount '/simple', Simple

Servlet Configuration

Servlets can be configured via initialize. The first argument is the HTTP server the servlet is being initialized for.

class Configurable < Simple
  def initialize server, color, size
    super server
    @color = color
    @size = size

  def do_stuff_with request
    content = "<p " \
              %q{style="color: #{@color}; font-size: #{@size}"} \
              ">Hello, World!"

    return 200, "text/html", content

This servlet must be provided two arguments at mount time:

server.mount '/configurable', Configurable, 'red', '2em'
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