During the execution of a package listener, I am trying to call a web page with embedded query strings to execute a task in .cfm...

The code below is a snippet from the original code to simplify the discover of the error. I have been struggling to get this simple code to work with no luck so far.

I am like two days into JSP.


<%@page import=	"

Section 1 <!-- THIS SECTION WORKS --><HR>
	URL urlOne =  new URL("http://google.com");
	Object getcontent = urlOne.getContent();

Section 2 <!-- THIS SECTION DOES NOT WORK --> <HR>
<!-- ERROR: Unhandled exception type MalformedURLException -->
	public class PassToWebService {
			URL urlTwo = new URL("http://google.com/");
			Object connection = urlTwo.getContent();

Though I am not sure as to what you are trying to achieve, you are getting the mentioned error because the URL constructor (the call new URL() ) throws a checked exception which you need to either catch or make the method have a throws clause.

try {
  URL url = new URL("someURL");
} catch(MalformedURLException mue) {
  // received an invalid url


public void doSomething() throws MalformedURLException {
  URL url = new URL("someURL");

And BTW, scriptlets are a strict no-no for a variety of reasons. Plus, it would be kind of difficult for you to get into J2EE if your basic Java concepts aren't clear enough.

Good post. (and congrats on you 7th dot;) )

In the example I gave, I have the URL as http://www.google.com. Does Java take this as a bad malformed url? - am I supposed to escape certain characters?

I have also seen many other examples online and they have plain URLs like the one I listed. In addition, the first half of the code works perfectly. It is only when I place it within a class.

I have also tried to copy and paste examples I found on the web and they will not work. Though I am new to JSP / java, the only thing i can think of is that it does not want to work within a jsp file while in a class. I dont know if that makes any sense.

Here is what I am trying to do...

I am working with Smack.jar for instant messaging. There is a presence listener that I can manipulate. I am working with coldfusion which interacts with smack.

When someone's presence changes, I need to update the database with a boolean online/offline flag. When the event is triggured, I want to call a url like


That's It!

If you have a better way of accomplishing this, please advise.

Note: The processing needs to be done in coldfusion for many reasons.

Since you can manipulate the listener, something like this should be of some use to you:

package home.projects.daniweb;

import java.net.URL;
import java.net.MalformedURLException;
import java.io.InputStream;
import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;

public class URLTester {
  public static void main(String args[]) {
    String url = "http://www.google.com/";
    try {
      InputStream in = null;
      try {
        // Open a connection to the resource specified in 'url' and grab hold
        // of the stream.
        URL urlObj = new URL(url);
        in = urlObj.openStream();
        // Spit the response to the screen
        BufferedReader bufIn = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(in));
        System.out.println("RESPONSE BEGINS\n");
        String str;
        while((str = bufIn.readLine()) != null) {
        System.out.println("RESPONSE ENDS\n");
      } finally {
        if(in != null) {
    } catch(Exception e) {
      System.out.println("An exception has occured; " + e.getMessage());

If you are relying on a user input and if the action for that is well defined e.g. a user clicking on the logout link, you can code it as a simple HTML page:

  <script type="text/javascript">
  // Some script
  <a href="/setPresence.cfm?user=bob&isOnline=0">Logout</a>

I found a plugin that added the info to the database already. Thanks for the help!

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