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.
If the return type of the Bean Property is other than a String (OR) primitive type you cannot use bean standard action tags. You got to use either scriptlets which is ugly is JSP Page the only other option would be EL Expressions.