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Error while calling beans in jsp

Trident Executive

Joined: Aug 06, 2003
Posts: 1
Hi everybody,I'm having problem while calling bean class in my jsp e.g. <jsp:useBean id="user" class="UserData" scope="session"/> gives me an error that "cannot resolve symbol : class UserData",i'm keeping my UserData.class in web-inf\classes directory and have set the classpath in system as well as in catalina.bat.
Plz suggest me the possible solution asap.
David O'Meara

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

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Sudharsan Govindarajan
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Joined: Jul 03, 2002
Posts: 319
Don't u have a package structure for ur classes. If you dont have, putting your classes into some package will avoid lot of frustrations like this.
Ron Newman
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Joined: Jun 06, 2002
Posts: 1056
This needs to be an FAQ somewhere. A bean class used in a JSP must be in a package.

Ron Newman - SCJP 1.2 (100%, 7 August 2002)
Garry Jackson

Joined: Aug 11, 2003
Posts: 8
I've actually managed to include a bean outside of a package using the import statement in the jsp, for example:-
<%@ page language="java" import="iBean" %>
The bean class just sits in the WAR structure under WEB-INF/classes
Ron Newman
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Joined: Jun 06, 2002
Posts: 1056
That will work in Java 1.3 but not in 1.4.
I agree. Here's the link:
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