I'm passing in an org.restlet.application param to the ServerServlet and the application doesn't load until the first request actually comes in. That is what I would expect of course and the source code shows that lazy initialization is what the authors were trying to achieve. But for my purpose I need the Application to load eagerly (when the ServerServlet loads) since my Application and ServerResource objects are not only taking requests but are also part of a scheduling framework. I suppose what I am asking for are suggestions for the simplest way to load the Application object into the ServerServlet eagerly. I am willing to extend ServerServlet if I have to. Any suggestions?