In MVC applied to WSGI or Java EE, is the Servlet a controller, dispatcher, or both? I think I've seen system diagrams where the controller and the dispatcher are different. Could the controller control SQL statements which should not be in the dispatcher?

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The controller is the initial contact point for handling all requests in the system. The controller may delegate to a helper to complete authentication and authorization of a user or to initiate contact retrieval.

A dispatcher is responsible for view management and navigation, managing the choice of the next view to present to the user, and providing the mechanism for vectoring control to this resource.

A dispatcher can be encapsulated within a controller or can be a separate component working in coordination. The dispatcher provides either a static dispatching to the view or a more sophisticated dynamic dispatching mechanism.

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