I am running a web application on tomcat 6.0 using jsp and mvc controllers.I have a jsp page which has a drop down list. This is the first/home page of the application. The drop down should be populated with data from a database when the page is first loaded. I was hoping to get the data as an object in the controller and use the jstl tags in the jsp page to create the drop down list
I am using mvc but no frameworks like spring or struts. Is there any methods similar to the refrencedata method in spring to prepopulate the form with data from backend? I am confused as how to trigger the controller to load the data from the db since there are no actions performed on the page when the page gets loaded first.