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.
I recommend writing the code and testing the code. Create the userBean class and directory etc etc. It's an excellent way to learn. You can check if the value has been set with the following JSTL code.