I'm still very new to Java, and programming in general.. I do alot of HTML here and there and wanted to do JSP, but didn't know if it was better to lear Java first, or any recommended books, etc to jump into JSP?? [ May 17, 2006: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
That's an oldfashioned JSP 1.0 or 0.9 JSP. A modern JSP will use taglibs instead of scriptlets and rely on Servlets and other Java elements to do the work to generate the data it will display. To code those you're going to need Java knowledge (and ideally more than the fundamentals or you end up with unmaintainable code that performs poorly).
In fact, these days they are more frameworks than anyone can keep up with for written web apps, and the demands or diminutions they place on jsp vary to the point where one may not be writing any pages at all!