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Old February 23rd, 2006, 06:15 PM
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Default JSP2 EL / JSTL ignored

After reading 'Beginning Java Server Pages'
I recently upgraded from j2sdk 1.4 to j2se 1.5.0_06
and Tomcat from 4.0 to 5.5.15
I am still using j2sdkee 1.3

I have built a system to the MVC architecture and it has been running for 16 months. Now want to write all new JSP using EL/JSTL, and stop using scripting elements.

As a test I wrote the following jsp2Test.jsp and it appears the core tags are ignored. Then I added ...


... to my deployment descriptor, which resulted in no change.

In this jsp2Test.jsp file only the last two lines(+) of template data are output as follows without any EL translation, with or without a request param:

buyer = ${buyer}
param.buyer is ... [${param.buyer}]

I imagine JSP is bundled with j2ee and not j2se.
Do I need to upgrade my j2ee ????
or am I missing something else.
Would appreciate some help here.

File: jsp2Test.jsp
Author: Ron Masters
Date: 22-Feb-2006
Description: test JSP 2, EL & core taglib
             under Tomcat 5.5 and J2SE 1.5.0_06

<%@ taglib uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" prefix="c" %>

<c:if test="${empty param.buyer}">
test.jsp - param.buyer is empty
<br> setting pageScope param buyer to "Ron"
<c:set var="buyer" value="Ron" />

<c:if test="${empty buyer}">
test.jsp - previous set pageScope param buyer is empty ... setting to "Alan"
<c:set var="buyer" value="Alan" />

buyer = ${buyer}
<br>param.buyer is ... [${param.buyer}]


**** update
I just added the following to my jsp2Test.jsp to interrogate the versions...

Servlet Engine:
<%= session.getServletContext().getMajorVersion() %>.<%= session.getServletContext().getMinorVersion() %><br>

JSP Engine:
  <%= JspFactory.getDefaultFactory().getEngineInfo().get SpecificationVersion()%><br>

Application Server:
<%= application.getServerInfo()%>

... and they display:

Servlet Engine: 2.4
JSP Engine: 2.0
Application Server: Apache Tomcat/5.5.15

which all seems fine to me.
Anyone got any clues as to why JSTL and EL are not working ????
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Hi Ron,

I'm having the same problem as you, did you ever manage to resolve this?


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Hi guys,

I am quite sure you have resolved this issue at this time, I just answer in order to help other people who will look at this thread in the future.

I have had the same problem switching the same app from Tomcat6.0 to Tomcat5.0, and I solved it by correcting the attributes of the "web-app" tag in my web.xml file: they where referring to the wrong version (2.5), since Tomcat5.5 uses 2.4.

This is the correct tag for web.xml working with Tomcat5.5:

<web-app id="WebApp_ID"

Hope this hint may help somebody outthere.
Good bye everybody!

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