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Im using Tomcat version 4.0 I created a bean that that holds two pictures and I created a jsp file. When I try to access it it gives me a 500 status code. I have my pictures and the bean saved where the jsp, html, etc resides. This is what I have in the jsp: <jsp:useBean id="cartoon" class="CartoonBean" /> <img src="images/<jsp:getProperty name="cartoon" property"filename" />">
Your problem may be in where you are storing your code. Beans (and other server-side classes) should reside in the <context-root>/WEB-INF/classes or <context-root>/WEB-INF/lib directories. These directories are where the server first looks for classes in your server context. You seem to be trying to reference them similar to applets by placing them in a web-accessible directory along with the HTML and JSP, etc. Give that a try and feel free to email me if you get stuck (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hope this helps.
You really should put CartoonBean in a package, name that package in the useBean tag, import the package in the JSP, and, like Chris says, put the compiled class in the right place according to the Servlet API - I always suggest that people download the servlet and jsp API documents from java.sun.com - then you will have the authoritative reference. Bill