This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
No , If you are using JSTL , yes you need to add a few classes to your source path. But for custom tags, you dont need to install anything extra other than the jdk and the web container/J2ee container. So if a normal servlet program , JSP program runs, then there is some other problem with your code.
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