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Default Problems on using parameter

Hi everybody,

I am a beginner of JSP,so please forgive I am asking some foolish questions as below.

I have read many JSP tutorial books and I seldom find a topic teaches us how to use a parameter to get a jsp page. Even there is, the content is very insufficient.

For example, I copy your link "http://p2p.wrox.com/post.asp?method=Topic&FORUM_ID=86"

It show the param"?method=Topic&FORUM_ID=86". I want to know how can I use one parameter to get the different contents within a JSP page?

Within a website there may be many different links, so it is difficult to manage if I create a new page for every link. And I heard that I could use a parameter to represent a page (eg.ID=1,2,3...) in order to show different content within the same template.

Is it difficult to understand my question? Am I not well to express my problem? Could you help me to solve it? I couldn't find any solution from the tutorial books in bookshop. Please help, thanks!

All the best

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You can use scriplets or custom tags for branching and check the parameter value to display different contents.for example

int id = Integer.parseInt(request.getParameter("id"));
if(id == 1){
  out.print("Title One");
}else if(id == 2){
  out.print("Title Two");
 out.print("Title other");

Mostly we use parameter values to get data from database for example id parameter value might be book id[primary key column] in a book store example and by getting the id value as parameter we use to construct a query and get the book data.

Hope i gave usefull info.

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